Missouri Medicaid Expansion: More Low-Income Patients Now Qualify for Coverage
Posted on Wednesday, September 1, 2021
The Missouri Supreme Court ruled an order in July of 2021 instructing the state to proceed with Medicaid expansion. This will improve healthcare access in Missouri as up to 275,000 low-income residents are expected to gain eligibility.
What Does Missouri Medicaid Expansion Mean for Your Missouri Hospital?
More of your low-income patients will now qualify for health coverage through Missouri Medicaid. Having staff available to screen your patients for eligibility while in house will increase the number of patients who apply and are ultimately approved.
Those who are newly eligible under Missouri Medicaid expansion may now submit their applications, although the state expects to start processing them after October 1, 2021.
While these applications may not be processed until October, it is in your patients’ (and your hospital’s) best interest that eligible patients begin enrolling now. According to the Governor’s Office, “Qualifying health care costs that are incurred by eligible Missourians between the time they apply and when DSS is able to verify their eligibility may be reimbursed at a later date.”
Helping Your Patients Gain Health Coverage Under Missouri Medicaid Expansion
EligibilityAdvocates’ Patient Advocates can screen your patients on site and assist them with the Medicaid application process. We also educate patients on their financial responsibilities and new health coverage. All of our services are free to patients as we are contracted at a performance-based rate with each healthcare facility.
Providing our service to your patients will help ensure that eligible patients are aware that they may qualify for Medicaid and that their applications are completed fully and correctly. Additionally, our Patient Advocates can aid patients in applying for other financial assistance programs that could help cover the cost of their medical expenses and thereby lower your uncompensated care.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your eligible patients gain health coverage under Missouri Medicaid expansion.