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Senate opens up tobacco settlement money for the elderly

April 20, 2000
By: Laetitia Thompson
State Capital Bureau

After a hot debate in the Senate, the elderly are poised to become the first to get Missouri's tobacco settlement money.

Laetitia Thompson has the story from the state capitol.

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OutCue: SOC

The debate began when Senate Appropriations Chairman Wayne Goode said the Senate didn't have the money for increased Medicaid nursing home reimbursements.

Actuality:GOODE2
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OutCue: "IS TOBACCO MONEY."
Contents: GOODE SAYS THE ONLY NEW MONEY FOR THE BUDGET IS IN THE TOBACCO MONEY.

St. Louis County Senator John Schneider took up Goode's idea and asked the Senate to use tobacco money for nursing home care.

The Senate approved Schneider's proposal even though its unclear if Missouri will even any tobacco money.

From Jefferson City, I'm Laetitia Thompson