JEFFERSON CITY (AP) Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says he’ll stop funding cuts for foster-care families that he approved earlier this year.
In a Thursday Facebook post, Gov. Greitens said cutting aid to families who care for foster children was not his intention.
Greitens last month signed a budget that included an across-the-board 1.5 percent cut in reimbursements for doctors and other providers who care for people on Medicaid. That meant cuts to foster-care families. The governor also went further than lawmakers and deepened cuts for providers other than foster-care parents to 3 percent.
Greitens now says he’s sparing foster-care families from any funding cuts. His office says the roughly $371,000 in general revenue needed to prevent cuts is coming from savings from moving children more quickly from foster-care into permanent homes.