Gov. Greitens dealt a devastating blow to thousands of elderly, people with disabilities and veterans across Missouri when he cut funding for in-home and nursing home care.

Gov. Greitens dealt a devastating blow to thousands of elderly, people with disabilities and veterans across Missouri when he cut funding for in-home and nursing home care.

Lt. Gov. Parson has urged state legislators to call themselves into special session to fix reverse these cuts.

By the governor’s own accounting, this change will affect 8,000 of our most vulnerable Missourians. This is a population that struggles with catastrophic physical and mental disabilities, including Alzheimer’s. They cannot simply go out and get a job.

The irony is that these cuts likely will cost the taxpayers of our state more money. Those who cannot afford receive care in their home or are forced out of the nursing home will migrate to the Emergency Room as their last and only option for Medicaid covered care.

It’s wrong to abandon seniors, disabled and veterans. Our state legislators must intervene and stop it when they return to the Capitol on Sept. 13 for the veto session.

—Angela L. Logsdon, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, RAC-CT, Administrator at Levering Regional Health Care Center, LLC, Hannibal