Medicaid, referred to as MO HealthNet in Missouri, provides health care to families, pregnant women, children, older adults, and people with disabilities. The program plays a critical role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by ensuring Missourians have access to testing and treatment as well as safe access to other health care services.
What’s New with Medicaid
Here are important highlights and changes to Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic:
People who are enrolled in Medicaid will not have any co-payments for COVID-19 testing.
Uninsured Missourians ages 19-64 who test positive for COVID-19 may be eligible for Medicaid coverage. Their income cannot exceed 85% of the federal poverty level. Resource limits are $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples.
Missouri will not terminate anyone’s Medicaid coverage during the COVID-19 emergency. People who have coverage as of March 18, 2020 will remain enrolled unless they move to another state or provide a written request to be removed.
Medicaid is encouraging the use of telehealth during the pandemic by implementing the following changes.
- Participants will not have a co-payment for any telehealth services.
- Physicians and patients do not need to have an established relationship before using telehealth.
- Licensed physicians in another state can provide telehealth services to Missouri Medicaid participants.
Medicaid has income and resource eligibility requirements based on who is applying for the program. Income restrictions based on the federal poverty level (FPL) are provided below.
- Children (up to age 19) = Income 300% FPL
- Parents = Income ~22% FPL
- Pregnant Women = Income 300% FPL
- Individuals with a Disability = Income 85% FPL
- Older Adults (age 65+) = Income 85% FPL
- Blind Individuals = Income 100% FPL
More information can be found on the myDSS website.
Medicaid is required to cover a number of health care services, including:
- Inpatient & outpatient hospital care
- Physician services
- Family planning services
- Home health care
- Nursing facility care
- Labs and X-rays
- Non-emergency medical transportation
- Early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment services (EPSDT)
Missouri also provides additional benefits, including: pharmacy, rehabilitation, mental health care, in-home care, and dental care. Benefits can vary based on the participants’ eligibility and the type of Medicaid they are enrolled in.
Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
Medicaid Questions & Answers
Most resource centers are still closed. A few locations are open by appointment only. Check the Resource Center Map and call 1-855-373-4636 to schedule an appointment.
Applications and verification documents (i.e. copies of paystubs, statements, identification, etc.) can also be emailed or faxed to the department. Do not send questions to the email or fax number as the department is unable to respond to these messages.
- Email: FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov
- Fax: 573-526-9400
You can call 1-855-373-4636 on Monday – Friday 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM for assistance.
To check the status of an application, you can call the automated information line at 1-800-392-1261 anytime. You will need your Social Security Number and date of birth when calling.
Medicaid will cover Missourians ages 19 to 64 who test positive for COVID-19 and meet the income guidelines. Income can’t exceed 85% FPL and assets can’t exceed $4,000 for individuals and $8,000 for couples.
Additionally, Medicaid will not terminate any current participant’s coverage during the pandemic unless the individual requests to be removed or moves to another state.
Missouri voters passed Medicaid expansion, which is expected to take effect in July 2021. Eligibility will remain the same until that time.
Once implemented, adults between 18 and 64 years old may qualify for coverage if they earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level (about $18,000 for an individual or $36,000 for a family of four people).
Last updated: September 1, 2020