Medicaid is how many people, including seniors, afford their health care costs every year. Many people don’t understand how Medicaid works or what benefits they can receive from getting this type of insurance, but as a senior you could get money to cover things like hospice care, therapy, and medical equipment. The process to apply isn’t very complicated, and St. Louis has a few resources that its residents can use to make sure everything goes smoothly.
For seniors, there are only a few requirements when it comes to receiving Medicaid benefits. You must be 65 years or older and a resident of Missouri. You also need to be a U.S. citizen or be an eligible qualified non-citizen. Your income level and assets will also be reviewed to see if you the meet the financial requirements for Medicaid.
You have a few different choices when it comes to applying for Medicaid in St. Louis. Filling out an application online is going to be the fastest and easiest way to get your application done. You can go to myDSS Health Care to check your eligibility, create an account, and fill out an application.
You can also print out the application form to fill it out by hand and mail it in. If you need help with your application or want to meet face to face with someone who can take you through the application process, you can go to a few different places in St. Louis.
Social Services Department- 111 N. 7th St. (314) 340-6974 Missouri Department of Social Services- 3101 Chouteau Ave. (314) 256-7000 Jennings Service Center- 8501 Lucas and Hunt Rd. (314) 877- 2550
These places will be able to assist you with all your questions about eligibility requirements as well as filling out your application. If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet but would like to fill out your application online, you can visit the St. Louis Public Library or the St. Louis Community College's computer center. Here you can get free access to a computer and an internet connection to fill out your forms.
Inpatient hospital care, dental services, emergency ambulance services, and numerous types of therapies are just a few of the basic services covered by Medicaid. There are other programs for seniors that help with long-term care costs like hospice care, in-home health services, and nursing homes.
There are a few requirements to be eligible for nursing home coverage and you can check with MO HealthNet’s website to see who is eligible as well as a list of facilities that provide Medicaid care.
Many seniors don’t or can’t drive on their own and need help getting to their medical appointments or around town. In St. Louis, you have plenty of options for transportation services, especially if you’re a Medicaid recipient. Organized Alternative Transportation System (OATS) is one of the largest transportation systems in Missouri and they offer rides to seniors over 60 and have numerous bus routes throughout the St. Louis area. For more information on OATS, you can call them at (573) 443-4516.
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