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Disability rights advocates share budget concerns with lawmakers

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Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) Missouri Republican Gov.-elect Eric Greitens delivers a victory speech Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Chesterfield, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

On Wednesday, disability rights advocates went to Jefferson City to talk to lawmakers about the way Governor Eric Greitens' budget proposal could impact care for thousands of Missourians.

Leaders at Paraquad have three main concerns. The first is a three percent rate decrease for community based services, home health, and hospice. Another concern is a proposed increase to eligibility requirements for people who are eligible for nursing home placement but can choose community based care instead. Their final concern is capping consumer directed services at 60 percent of nursing home costs.

Leaders at Paraquad are hoping to encourage lawmakers to take a different approach to balancing the budget before plans for these cuts more forward.

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