Gov. Jay Nixon today issued the following statement on vote by a House committee to slash health care services from more than 2,000 blind Missourians:
"As I have throughout my time as Governor, I will continue to make the tough decisions necessary to balance our budget and hold the line on taxes. But slashing health care from more than 2,000 needy blind Missourians simply isn't an option. Full funding for this program is the only way to ensure that needy blind Missourians have access to the critical health care services they need.
"For decades, Missouri has provided vital health care services for needy blind people across our state. Strict eligibility requirements ensure that these services help blind Missourians with the greatest need. This is an efficient and compassionate program that truly saves lives."