Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement on a proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan Silvey (R-Kansas City) to completely eliminate funding for the Missouri Blind Healthcare Program, which provides vital health services to nearly 3,000 Missourians who are blind:
"Established by Missouri law in 1967, the Blind Healthcare Program has helped provide vital home and community-based health services to thousands of Missourians who are blind and whose assets are limited. In many cases, these services are the crucial elements that enable them to live in their own homes. That is why my recommended budget for Fiscal Year 2013 - just like the budgets of Governors before me from both parties - has provided the funding necessary for this program.
"We face many challenges in ensuring that our state's budget is balanced, and we've had to make difficult decisions. This proposal to eliminate vital services for 3,000 Missourians who are blind is not, however, one of those difficult decisions. We should not, and cannot, remove the funding for this program that allows thousands of Missourians to remain in their own homes. This proposal is just plain wrong."