Gov. Jay Nixon today joined leaders from the Missouri Council of the Blind and the National Federation of the Blind-Missouri to call for restoration of vital health care coverage for more than 2,000 needy blind Missourians.
The program, which has provided health care for the blind for decades in Missouri, was slashed last week by a majority of the members of a committee of the House of Representatives. The Governor has strongly opposed these cuts and today called on the full House of Representatives to fully restore the program.
"More than 2,000 needy blind Missourians depend on this program for access to vital health care services," Gov. Nixon said. "Without it, they would be forced to make impossible choices between life-saving prescriptions and groceries, between doctors' visits and the electric bill. Those are decisions no person should have to make. Preserving our health care program for the blind will give these valuable citizens access to the care and treatment they need. It will preserve Missouri's legacy as a place of compassion and support. And it will save lives. I call on the House of Representatives to restore full funding for our health care program for the blind - and to do so right away."
Detailed eligibility criteria, such as a strict asset limit, ensure that this program truly helps blind Missourians with the greatest need. For more information, visit: http://dss.mo.gov/fsd/blindp.htm