SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was in Springfield this morning to talk about what he calls a crisis when in comes to in-home care in Missouri.
The Department of Health and Senior Services recently ended its contract with Syncare after receiving patient complaints about the private company. Now, the system has a backlog of more than 9,000 Missouri seniors waiting to see if they qualify for in-home care.
Kinder blames the Nixon administration for what he calls a slow response to a problem that needs immediate attention. Kinder also says a few seniors have even died while waiting.
"We are talking about very vulnerable seniors and disabled people and the need for them to have assessment made is critical and the state law says it has to be done within 15 days, people are waiting a month and a half or longer."