JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Missouri program that helps more than 200,000 low-income seniors and disabled residents pay for prescription drugs may be nearing an end.
The Missouri Rx Plan is to expire Aug. 28 unless lawmakers renew it. So far, they have not done so. And a Senate budget plan is banking on its demise -- redirecting millions of dollars that normally would fund the prescription program to other government purposes.
Gov. Jay Nixon's administration is urging lawmakers to not let the program lapse. Department of Social Services Director Ron Levy says it is vital for the health and safety of senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Missouri lawmakers have until May 6 to pass a budget and until May 13 to pass a bill reauthorizing the program's existence.
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