Check out this story about the effects of a 2014 law going into effect now.

Thanks to a piece of legislation signed into law in 2014, today marks what could be a nasty surprise for Missourians who are utilizing prescription drug help from the state. But, there are options for these citizens, many of whom are elderly, in this situation,

“With the difficult budget situation the legislature faced this year, the funding for the MO Rx plan simply wasn’t there,” said Seventh District State Rep. Rusty Black (R-Chillicothe). “The result is that thousands of seniors won’t receive the assistance they need to afford their medications.”

In a letter sent to seniors early in June, the Missouri Department of Social Services offered several services to those who would be losing their coverage through MO Rx. These include (with their phone numbers):

- MO HealthNet (Medicaid): 1-855-373-4636

- The Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA): 1-888-477-2669

- Rx Outreach: 1-800-769-2669

- Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri (CLAIM): 1-800-769-3880

- Area Agencies on Aging (AAA): 1-800-677-1116

Black noted his preference for Rx Outreach, noting that it is based in Maryland Heights, and is a non-profit that serves customers in all 50 states.

“Fortunately, we have a Missouri-based organization that has an outstanding track record of providing affordable prescription drugs for tens of thousands of seniors across the country,” said Black. “It’s important for people to know they do have this as an option.”

So why is this happening? As noted above, a law passed and signed into being in 2014 changed prescription drug coverage for those on Medicare. This ended the Medicare coverage of MO Rx, and people should discard their old cards if their coverage with that program has ended. No active participants, according to the Department of Social Services, will be grandfathered into keeping their coverage.

If you have any questions about whether or not you can keep your coverage, please call the Missouri Department of Social Services at 573-751-3425.