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Thousands of Missouri seniors to lose prescription drug coverage in July

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Sixty-thousand Missouri senior citizens are set to lose their prescription drug coverage. 

The last day to receive help with prescription drug co-payments from the MORx Program will fall on June 30.  Prescriptions filled after this date will not be covered by MORx.

On July 1, seniors on Medicare won't have access to a state-provided plan that pays for 50 percent of prescription prices. Lawmakers voted to stop the "MO-RX" program to help balance the state budget. It is expected to save the state around $15 million.

A letter was sent to seniors notifying them of the change.

The cuts could cost some seniors hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

"It can be very expensive and that's why we want to run a personal search for them to see if there are other options. Some of those expensive drugs have good patients' assistance," said Tracey Wetzel with Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri, or CLAIM.

Seniors on Medicaid will still qualify for free prescriptions. 

The letter also includes the numbers of agencies that can offer seniors help.

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