Gov. Jay Nixon today visited South Side Senior Center in Springfield to announce that his balanced budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2015 will include $23.7 million to continue providing prescription drug assistance to low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities through the Missouri Rx program. The Governor also called on the General Assembly to pass legislation to prevent Missouri Rx from expiring on Aug. 28, 2014.
"Throughout Missouri, hundreds of thousands of older Missourians and people with disabilities rely on Missouri Rx to help them afford their prescription medications," Gov. Nixon said. "This is a program that has received strong bipartisan support in the past, and must be reauthorized this year. I look forward to working with the General Assembly to getting this commonsense legislation to my desk quickly, so that no Missouri senior has to choose between affording their prescriptions, and putting food on the table."
Established in 2006, when Medicare Part D took effect, Missouri Rx works with Part D plans to lower the out-of-pocket expenses eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities pay for prescription drugs. The program pays 50 percent of all out-of-pocket costs for medications that are covered by a senior's Medicare Part D plan, including the cost of the deductible and co-payments. Missouri Rx also continues to provide benefits when seniors are in the Medicare Part D coverage gap, also known as the "donut hole." There is no enrollment fee, premium or deductible to join Missouri Rx.
Missouri Rx is open to Missouri residents who are enrolled in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and who meet income-eligibility limits. To be eligible for the program, an individual senior's annual gross income cannot exceed $21,660. For married couples, the annual income limit is $29,140. Elderly and disabled Missourians enrolled in MO HealthNet are automatically enrolled in Missouri Rx.
Currently, more than 227,000 Missourians are enrolled in the program.
For more information on Missouri Rx, visit MO.gov.