Seniors and the disabled concerned about funding as legislature closes

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Healthcare for people who are elderly and disabled may be in danger if state lawmakers don't make a decision.

The Missouri General Assembly adjourns at 6 p.m. Friday, so it has just a few hours to decide whether those services will see a big cut in the budget.

Just when advocates here thought state money was coming in to help, it's now in danger of being cut, and they're now worried the people they help won't have anywhere to turn because of the state's budget.

Budget cuts to the services they help provide --like nursing and in home care for disabled people---are what's on the chopping block.

Lawmakers can't agree on whether to fully fund services. Advocates here have been protesting for months so they don't lose services.

And the clock runs out on the session, advocates are concerned about what could happened to those in desperate need.

"In our area, it'll impact well over a-thousand between all the providers in our area and surrounding counties, this impact will cost the state over 24-million dollars additional money," Emilio Vela Jr., the CEO of the Southwest Center for Independent Living.

Gov. Eric Greitens could call legislators back for a special session if he thinks they have more work to do.