New Rules Mean More Residents Are Eligible For Missouri Medicaid
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The rules have changed. Now, more Missourians can get low-cost or free health insurance through Missouri’s Medicaid program, MO HealthNet. This includes many Shelby County residents. Many adults who have not qualified before, including those without children, are now eligible. For example, a single adult making up to $1,482 a month or a family of four making up to $3,048 a month can now get covered. Medicaid coverage includes doctor visits, mental health care, dental services, prescription medication, and more.
Missouri Medicaid enrollment is open all year. And there is free local help available to help you apply. Executive Director Cale Mitchell from Spectrum Health Care encourages all Missourians to see if they’re eligible, even if they have applied for Medicaid in the past. “We know health insurance can be tricky, but we are here to assist you with every step. We have a team of experts to help you understand Medicaid, figure out the application, and enroll. Even if you have looked before, it’s worth trying again because more people are eligible than ever. Call Jessica Jones at 573-242-5569 for free help today.” Residents can also call 1-800-466-3213 or visit CoverMissouri.org/help to find a trained assister near you.
More than 60,000 Missourians have already gained access to health insurance since October 1, 2021, with the new rules. This includes over 1,190 in Shelby County. This number is expected to rise as more applications are processed. “It is taking longer than planned to review and process the high number of applications from across the state, but it’s still important to get your application in as early as possible. If approved, your coverage will start from the date you applied,” advises Sheldon Weisgrau, Vice President of Health Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health.
Health insurance through MO HealthNet gives residents access to important health care to get and stay healthy. Anyone who thinks they might be eligible can apply. If you are ready to apply, make sure you have your social security number (or document numbers), and if applicable, your employer and income information, policy numbers for any current health insurance, and information about job-related health insurance available to you.