As the new Missouri legislative session begins in Jefferson City, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) has released a set of legislative priorities for the coming year designed to protect and assist Missouri's senior population. MA4 represents the 10 Area Agencies on Aging in Missouri.
MA4 and its members have endorsed the following five legislative priorities for 2018:
• Support legislation creating the Senior Growth and Development Fund to support full funding for senior programs administered by the Area Agencies on Aging;
• Support restoration of full funding for the MORx prescription drug program for seniors;
• Defend the "Circuit Breaker" program that provides tax credits for low income renters and seniors;
• Support revenue enhancement strategies within the Missouri State Budget.
"During the 2017 Missouri legislative session, many senior programs faced significant funding cuts with legislators pointing to a lack of sufficient revenue," said Catherine Edwards, executive director of MA4. "This year, we hope to articulate how funding senior health, nutrition and independent living strategies can actually save the state money in the long run.
"MA4 strongly urges the General Assembly to place Missouri's seniors at the top of that priority list," she said.