JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Blind residents of Missouri could have to start paying for part of their government health care under a budget plan put forth by a state Senate panel.

The plan embraced Tuesday night by the Senate Appropriations Committee would require deductibles and premiums from blind residents who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but nonetheless receive state-funded health care through a special program.

The Senate plan may represent a middle ground with the House, which had voted to eliminate the roughly $30 million blind health care program and replace it with a new, slimmed down $6 million program.

The Senate committee’s version would provide about $18 million to continue the blind benefits and would generate nearly $10 million from participants through deductibles, premiums and insurance co-payments.

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