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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • State lawmakers approve health care changes

  • Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would renew a prescription drug benefit for more than 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.
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  • Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that would renew a prescription drug benefit for more than 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.
    The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure passed on Friday would extend the benefit until 2017.
    State officials estimate more than 9 million prescription drug claims will be filed for 230,000 Missourians during the current budget year.
    Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon has called on lawmakers to renew the program.
    The legislation, SB 754, would also extend Medicaid coverage for unborn babies whose families earn up to three times the federal poverty level. It also would create a panel to study insurance coverage for eating disorders.
    Senators voted 31-0 to send Nixon the bill and it cleared the House with a 126-13 vote shortly after.
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