What help is available?
If you do not have health insurance or you need help paying for your health care, you may be eligible for coverage through Missouri’s Medicaid program, called MO HealthNet.
Who is eligible?
- Senior (age 65 and older)
- Parent or caretaker with a child (under age 19)
- Child (age birth -18)
- Woman (age 18-55) with no health insurance
- Adult (age 19-64) without disabilities
- Pregnant woman (including unborn child)
- Woman (under age 65) with breast or cervical cancer
- Person with disabilities
- Blind or visually impaired adult
How do I apply?
There are four ways you can apply for healthcare coverage:
- Are age 65 or older
- Are blind or disabled
- Get Social Security
- Live in a medical or nursing facility
- Have Medicare or VA healthcare
Send your paper application and forms by email, mail, or fax to:
- Email: FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov
- Family Support Division
615 E 13th St
Kansas City, MO 64106
- Fax: 573-526-9400
When will I get coverage?
The Family Support Division will process your application and any supporting documentation as soon as they receive it. *This can take up to 10 days. Once your application is processed, you will get a letter that let’s you know if you are eligible for healthcare coverage or not. If you are approved, you will receive a MO HealthNet Identification Card and information explaining the type of services and coverage you have. You will need to follow the instructions in this letter for your coverage to begin.
*NOTE: If you are applying for the new adult expansion coverage, applications will not be processed until after October 1, 2021.
Other MO HealthNet Programs
When you apply for MO HealthNet, we will also check to see if you can get help through:
- Spend Down: If you make too much money, you may still be able to get MO HealthNet coverage if you agree to pay, or “spend down,” a certain amount. Once you spend this amount, you will have MO HealthNet coverage for the month. For more information visit our frequently asked questions.
- Ticket to Work: If you are disabled and make too much money to qualify for MO HealthNet, you can still get help with your healthcare costs if you agree to take part in this program.
- Home & Community Based Services: These services may be able to help you or a loved one stay at home and out of a nursing home by providing the in-home services you need.
- MO HealthNet Nursing Home Coverage: If you live in a nursing home, we may be able to help pay for any nursing home costs you aren’t responsible for. You will be responsible for using all of your income towards costs except for a $50 monthly allowance, any health insurance premiums, and any income set aside for a spouse or other dependents.
- Supplemental Nursing Care Program: If you live in a residential care facility or assisted living facility, the Supplemental Nursing Care Program will give you a monthly allowance of $50 for personal needs and a cash payment to your facility ($156 per month for residential care or $292 per month for assisted living).
- Medicare Cost Savings Programs (QMB & SLMB): You may be able to get help paying for your Medicare premiums and certain copayments through one of our Medicare Cost Savings Programs.
- Supplemental Aid for the Blind: This program offers a monthly cash grant and MO HealthNet coverage to help blind persons meet their basic needs.
- Blind Pension: Blind Pension offers a monthly cash grant and MO HealthNet Coverage to blind persons who do not qualify for help through Supplemental Aid to the Blind or Social Security Income benefits.
- Show-Me Healthy Babies Program: If you are pregnant and you were not approved for coverage through MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women, help may still be available through the Show-Me Healthy Babies Program.
NOTE: There is no separate application process for these programs. You will automatically get more information if your MO HealthNet application shows you are eligible.