Lawmakers Hear Needs of Missouri's Under-Insured
The main goal of the Appropriations Committee for Health and Senior Services is helping people who can't get healthcare or need more help because of a disability. Some committee members want to try to restore the care some people lost in last year's budget cuts.
"There is no restoration of the individuals who were cut last year, unfortunately," said Democratic Rep. Margaret Donnelly of St. Louis. "So that we have senior citizens who used to receive in-home care and are no longer receiving it. And, we have individuals with disabilities who used to receive their medical insurance through Medicaid and they are no longer receiving those services as well."
But, Gov. Blunt has not recommended restoring any of last year's cuts. He does plan to add money for more nursing home regulators.
"The governor's recommended a number of, a pretty big increase of nursing home inspectors, or surveyors they call them," explained lobbyist Larry Rohrbach.
Rohrbach said the state's nursing home industry supports that increase.
The committee also discussed a drop in new AIDS cases in Missouri. Doctors reported about 500 new cases in Missouri each year during the past 4-5 years. But, there were only 100 new cases last year. Doctors credit medical advances for reducing the number of full-blown AIDS cases.