Mo. prescription program to get 3-year extension

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — About 226,000 low-income seniors and disabled residents in Missouri should be able to continue receiving state aid for their prescription drugs.

The Missouri Rx Plan was due to expire Aug. 28. But the Legislature on Friday passed a three-year extension of the program.

The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who had called on lawmakers to renew the prescription drug program.

Under Missouri Rx, the states pay half the deductibles and copayments on prescriptions for individual seniors with annual incomes up to $21,660 or married couples earning up to $29,140 who are covered by Medicare.

Missouri Rx has received about $20 million in the state budget in each of the past several years.

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Prescription bill is HB412.

Online:

Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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