Missouri Income Requirements for Medicaid

Missouri

Missouri Medicaid, recently renamed Missouri HealthNet, is public medical coverage for pregnant, low-income, disabled, and elderly residents of Missouri. The program aims to help these residents with healthcare expenses, including, but not limited to, prescriptions, medical services, and doctor and hospital bills. Missouri is obligated by law to provide Medicaid services to permanently and totally disabled individuals, the blind, and the elderly up to the Supplemental Security Income maximum, as well as pregnant woman at 133 percent of the poverty level, children ages 6 to 18 at 100 percent poverty level, children ages 0 to 6 at up to 133 percent poverty level, refugees, foster children, homeless dependent and neglected children, and newborns of women currently enrolled in Medicaid.

Income Requirements for Pregnant Women

In 2009 pregnant women in Missouri could make up to $33,874 per year and still qualify for Medicaid services.

Income Requirements for Infants

Infants from households earning $33,874 or less annually were eligible for Missouri Medicaid services in 2009.

Income Requirements for Children

Children ages 1 to 19 years of age from households earning a yearly income of $27,465 or less were eligible for Missouri Medicaid services in 2009.

Income Requirements for Families

Families of two working people are eligible for Medicaid at up to 42 percent of the national poverty level, or with an income of up to $5,901 per year. Children ages 1 to 19 are eligible for Medicaid services at 300 percent of the poverty level, so in a household with two adults and two related children under 18, the children would be eligible for Medicaid with an annual income of up to $65,502.

Income Requirements for Seniors and the Disabled

Very poor elderly and disabled people who qualify for Supplemental Security income benefits may also be eligible for Medicaid. No separate application is required.

Determining Eligibility

Income eligibility depends on family size and income. In Missouri, eligibility is determined by comparing income to poverty level. A family of one is at the poverty level making up to $10,991 annually, a family of two at up to $14,051, and a family of three making up to $17,163. For bigger households, add approximately $3,400 per person. Poverty levels change annually and have to be multiplied by set percents of poverty level for Medicaid eligibility in Missouri in order to determine the maximum income allowed for Medicaid benefits. Infants, and children ages 1 to 19 in families are eligible for Medicaid at up to 300 percent of the poverty level. Working parents are eligible at 42 percent of the national poverty level, non-working parents are eligible at 22 percent of the poverty level, and pregnant women at 185 percent of the poverty level.

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