Medicaid & CHIP

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a government program that provides public health coverage to low-income adults and children who qualify. In Missouri, Medicaid is run by the Department of Social Services (DSS) and is called MO HealthNet.

Who can be covered by Medicaid?

Most Missourians who get MO HealthNet coverage are people with low incomes, 65 or older, blind or disabled, or children from families with low incomes. If you qualify, depends on how much money you make and how many people are in your family. Medicaid in Missouri expanded in 2021, so even if you didn’t qualify before, you might now.

How can I apply for myself or other family members?

When you fill out your Marketplace application, you will see if you qualify for Medicaid.

You can also apply through DSS:

  • Online: Visit
  • By phone: Call the Missouri Family Support Division (FSD) Information Center at 1-855-373-4636.
  • Find free, in-person or virtual help from trained assisters near you. Visit Cover Missouri’s Find Local Help tool or call the Cover Missouri call center at 1-800-466-3213.