Missouri Medicare Plans
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Policies
Missouri requires insurers to offer a Medicare Supplement policy to adults under sixty-five afflicted with disability.
Mini-COBRA Policies (small group)
Missouri mandates small employer continuation coverage for nine months following separation although insurers can drop some services for those separated (e.g. dental, vision care).
Medicare Savings Program (premium support)
Missouri has three Medicare Savings Programs:
- Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMBs): For individuals with a monthly income under $903 and for couples with a monthly income under $1215, the state pays all premiums for Part B and all Co-Pays and Deductibles for Parts A & B
- Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries (SLMBs): For individuals with income under $1083 or couples with income under $1457, the state pays premiums for Part B.
- Qualified Individuals (QIs): For individuals with income under $1219 or for couples with an income under $1640, the state pays premiums for Part B.
To qualify for any one of these programs, participants must have assets below $6,600 or be part of a couple with assets below $9,910.
The Missouri Health Insurance Pool is open to state residents on the basis of HCTC, HIPAA and Medical Eligibility.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Missouri CLAIM is Missouri’s state health insurance assistance program. It is staffed by 250 trained, volunteer counselors providing free advice about Medicare to state residents. Services can be accessed by calling in, filling out an online form or attending a CLAIM event.
State Tax Credits for Health Insurance
Missouri offers a nonrefundable tax credit to self-employed persons otherwise not eligible for the federal income tax health insurance deduction against personal income tax liability. The credit amounts to the portion of the taxpayer’s federal tax liability incurred due to such taxpayer’s inclusion of such payments in federally adjusted gross income.
Low-Income Subsidy (“extra-help”) for Prescription Drugs
This program is a subsidy for Part D recipients with resources under $13,070 (or $26,120 for a couple) to receive money towards a Medicare prescription drug plan. The benchmark of support is different depending on which region of the country you live in. In Missouri in 2012, the low-income subsidy was $32.05 per month.
If you live in Missouri, consult with one of our MedicareSolutions.com insurance specialists to get personal assistance that is specific to your area. One of our experienced specialists can compare plans in your area and help you find the Medicare insurance benefits that are right for your needs.