MO HealthNet for Kids

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The MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Families provides medical care for children under 19 years of age whose family income falls within certain guidelines.


How do I get help?

 Frequently Asked Questions

After your application has been processed, you will receive a letter from the Family Support Division. If you are eligible for services, you will be issued a “MO HealthNet Identification Card,” and explanation of the medical services available to you. For information regarding medical coverage included with MO HealthNet for Kids, see Medical Services-MO HealthNet.

There is no cash grant with this program.

Already applied for MO HealthNet? Check the status of your application.

Who is eligible?

A child:

  • who is under 19 years of age;
  • who applies for a social security number;
  • who lives in Missouri;
  • who is a United States citizen or an eligible qualified non-citizen (NOTE: receipt of MO HealthNet benefits does NOT subject qualified non-citizens to public charge consideration, see a full list of benefits not subject to public charge consideration);
  • the parent must cooperate with Child Support Enforcement (CSE) in the pursuit of medical support; and
  • whose countable family income meets the income guidelines below

MO HealthNet for Kids Non-SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Plan)

Children (regardless of insurance status) are eligible if monthly family Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) does not exceed the following:

  • 196% FPL for children under age 1
  • 148% FPL for ages 1-18

MO HealthNet for Kids (SCHIP)

Children with monthly family MAGI above the limits referenced above may be eligible under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program if the following criteria are met:

  • Uninsured children whose family MAGI is over the above limits but under 150% FPL, may be eligible for non-premium coverage.
  • Uninsured children whose family MAGI is over 150% FPL up to 300% FPL may be eligible for premium coverage;
  • Children in families with gross income over 150% FPL cannot have access to affordable health insurance (from $75 to $189 per month, based on family size and income) and the family must pay a monthly premium. Premium amounts change July of each year. The premium is based on family size and income to insure that no family pays more than 5% of their income for coverage. View the Premium Schedules

Families in certain areas of the state will choose coverage through a health plan; others will receive services from MO HealthNet approved providers. View Health Plan Service Providers For Your Region

Additional Program Information