Fighting for Missouri Seniors
Seniors strengthen the very fabric of our communities, and Governor Jay Nixon believes that all Missourians have an obligation to honor and protect them. That’s why as Governor, Nixon has:
- Helped needy seniors afford their prescription drugs by extending Missouri Rx.
- Protected the elderly from financial predators and insurance company abuses,
- Enabled seniors to live more independent lives, and
- Defended life-saving protections for seniors in residential care and assisted living facilities.
When a bill to extend Missouri Rx, which helps 120,000 Missouri seniors afford their prescription drugs, stalled in the legislature, Gov. Nixon spoke out and successfully fought to reauthorize the program for an additional three years. “Seniors and individuals with disabilities shouldn’t be forced to choose between purchasing essential medications and putting food on the table,” Governor Nixon said in signing the bill.
To protect seniors from financial exploitation, the Governor also worked across the aisle to crack down on criminals who use “undue influence” to take financial advantage of elderly and disabled Missourians. And in 2010, Governor Nixon announced a new law protecting seniors from being overcharged when they cancel long-term care and Medigap insurance policies by requiring insurance companies to provide refunds.
Governor Nixon strongly believes that seniors and their families should not have to worry about the safety of residential care and assisted living facilities. And that means ensuring that tragedies like the fire that killed 11 at Anderson Guest House in 2006 never happen again. So when the legislature tried to delay a requirement that group homes install sprinkler systems, Governor Nixon stood up for these life-saving protections and promptly vetoed the bill. The move was praised by the Joplin Globe, which applauded the Governor for putting “people over profits.”
Finally, Governor Nixon has been a longtime and consistent supporter of Missouri’s ten agencies on aging, which provide vital resources to help seniors continue living in their communities including meals, transportation, and legal services.