Gov. Jay Nixon has asked the Missouri General Assembly to reauthorize Missouri Rx for five more years. The program provides prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and the disabled.
The program will expire on Aug. 28 without reauthorization, according to a news release from the governor's office.
“For hundreds of thousands of Missouri seniors and those with disabilities, Missouri Rx is a lifeline,” Nixon said in the release. “Seniors and individuals with disabilities shouldn’t be forced to choose between purchasing essential medications and putting food on the table."
Nixon said State Rep. Tishaura Jones (D-St. Louis) and State Sen. Jolie Justus (D-Kansas City) will sponsor backing legislation.
"Reauthorizing Missouri Rx must be a priority this session," Justus said in the release.
The General Assembly convenes Jan. 5.Missouri Rx
was established in 2006 when Medicare Part D took effect and works with Part D plans to lower the expenses paid by eligible seniors and disabled individuals for prescription drugs.
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