In August 2020, Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion! As of October 1, 2021, Missouri Medicaid covers adults ages 19 through 64 with incomes at or below the limit for their household size (click here for more on eligibility).
The RHC prioritizes expanding coverage for the uninsured and underinsured. To that end, the RHC and its partners are closely tracking developments around Missouri Medicaid expansion, reporting on current legislation’s potential impacts on health care access, and helping lead advocacy efforts to improve the St. Louis health care safety net.
Since Medicaid Expansion was approved, Missouri has had significant backlogs in application processing. Click here for more information on the extended wait times for Medicaid applications and what you can do while you wait.
What is Medicaid Expansion?
Medicaid Expansion HelpLine
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM), the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC), and Saint Louis University’s (SLU) Center for Health Law Studies, have partnered to pilot a Medicaid Expansion HelpLine to aid Missouri residents in Medicaid enrollment. The HelpLine has counselors standing by to answer calls related to Medicaid expansion, coverage, applications, and other resources. Callers are encouraged to leave a message over voicemail and can expect to be called back within 24 hours or on the next business day.
Step-by-Step Application Video
Check out this step-by-step guide for Missouri’s online Medicaid application. Pro tip: hover over the dots or click on the “chapters” function in the bottom right corner to navigate to relevant sections of the video.
To start your application, visit mydssapp.mo.gov and click “Apply for Health Benefits.”
In-Person Application Help
Check out the map below to find Medicaid application assistance locations in St. Louis City and County. Try out the “search” function to find help in your area or select “filter” to differentiate between pop-up and standing locations.
If your organization is holding assistance events that you would like featured on the map, fill out our event submission form here.
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Cover Missouri Find Local Help
For Medicaid help locations throughout the rest of Missouri, visit findlocalhelp.covermissouri.org and search for assistance in your area.
Using Your Medicaid Plan
Applying for Medicaid is just the first step, it’s also important to know how to receive care once you’re approved. Click below for videos from Health Literacy Media on how to use your plan.
Community Referral Coordinators (CRC)
Community Referral Coordinators from the St. Louis Integrated Health Network are available to help you establish a primary care provider, apply for healthcare, access care while you wait to be approved, and more! You can contact a CRC below for assistance, or fill out this simple form online and they will reach out to you.
RHC Blog Posts Tracking Missouri Medicaid Expansion
- RHC partners with St. Louis County Jail to improve Medicaid coverage of incarcerated people
- Missouri Medicaid Application Wait Times
- CoverSTL launched to house Medicaid expansion efforts