Senate's Budget Restores Health Care Funding For Blind

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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Senate reworked, and eventually approved the state budget early Wednesday morning.  One measure that passed in the Senate was restoring healthcare funding for blind people who earn more money than the cutoff for traditional Medicaid.

This means more than 2,800 blind people in Missouri would be eligible for Medicaid. Each recipient would receive roughly $700 a month if he or she is at least 18 years old, and doesn't own real or personal property.

Even though they've approved the budget, lawmakers aren't done yet. The final budget will be now go to a conference committee for approval. The Missouri Constitution requires the budget to be finalized and sent to Governor Jay Nixon by May 11. It will go into effect July 1.