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April 17, 2014JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. | By: Associated Press
The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation to
renew an expiring prescription drug benefit for over 200,000 low-income and disabled seniors.
The Missouri Rx Program is scheduled to expire in August, but the measure
endorsed on Wednesday 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 bill would also allow doctors to write epinephrine prescriptions to some
locations, including restaurants and amusement parks. Those places could then
keep an emergency supply of the drug that treats severe allergic reactions.
It needs one more vote before moving to the House.