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The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides comprehensive free or low-cost healthcare benefits to children whose parents or guardians do not qualify for Medicaid. CHIP is a federal program, and each state/territory has flexibility to design their own CHIP program within federal guidelines. Therefore, CHIP benefits may differ in each state/territory.
CHIP benefits may include annual check-ups, hospital visits, dental insurance, vision insurance and more. All services are provided through medical providers that participate in the CHIP program. Not all doctors and medical facilities accept CHIP patients.
Learn more about CHIP benefits here.
The Missouri state CHIP program is called MO HealthNet for Kids. It is administered by the Missouri Department of Social Services. For more information about MO HealthNet for Kids, click here.
A child may receive CHIP benefits in Missouri for as long as he or she qualifies for the program. A participant’s qualifications are determined by their age and their household’s monthly gross income. To learn more about eligibility and qualifying for MO HealthNet for Kids, click here.
If a child is eligible for CHIP, the following services will be covered:
Other services may also be covered depending on the child’s needs.
For more information about the services covered and what medical assistance you can receive, call the MO HealthNet Service Center at 1 (888) 275-5908 or review the Missouri HealthNet for Kids overview page here.
To qualify for CHIP in Missouri, a child must meet the following criteria:
For more information on Missouri’s household income limits and other eligibility criteria to qualify for CHIP, click here.
Depending on your gross household income and household size, the premium may be $15 to $573 per month.
When your child receives covered medical services, your copay will be $2 to $3 except for emergency services. Emergency services include a copay of $10.
For more information on the cost of CHIP benefits in Missouri, call the Premium Collection Unit at 1 (877) 888-2811.
Before applying for MO HealthNet for Kids, complete the following three steps:
Learn about the income limits and other eligibility criteria here.
To apply for CHIP online, you can create an account through the myDSS portal here.
To apply for CHIP in person, click here to find your nearest Family Support Division office location.
To apply for CHIP by mail, fill out the Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs found here and send it to the following address:
FSD Application Processing Center
P.O. Box 1353
Joplin, MO 64802
To apply for CHIP by fax, send your completed application to 1 (573) 526-9400.
To apply for CHIP by email, send a digital copy of your completed application to FSD.Documents@dss.mo.gov.
Depending on your method of application, you can check your application status in the following ways:
You will receive a determination letter in the mail notifying you of your eligibility for CHIP after your application has been processed. If approved for CHIP, you will be sent additional instructions for the next steps to complete your enrollment.
For more information about what happens after you apply for MO HealthNet for Kids, you can contact the MO HealthNet Service Center at 1 (888) 275-5908 or the FSD Contact Center at 1 (855) 373-9994.
If you do not agree with the Missouri Department of Social Services’ decision to deny your CHIP benefits, you can file an appeal within 30 days of when you receive your eligibility determination in the mail.
To file an appeal, you will need to call the FSD Contact Center at 1 (855) 373-9994.
If you have any further questions regarding the appeals process, you can contact the FSD Contact Center at 1 (855) 373-9994. Or, you can contact the MO HealthNet Service Center at 1 (888) 275-5908.
To transfer your child from your current insurance to CHIP benefits, you will need to contact your current health insurance provider and ask a representative to discontinue their insurance coverage.
You can find your insurance company’s customer service number on your health insurance card.
If you have any questions about the insurance transfer process, contact the MO HealthNet Service Center at 1 (888) 275-5908. Or, send an email to the customer support team at email@example.com.
If you have any further questions about the MO HealthNet for Kids or CHIP, call the MO HealthNet Service Center at 1 (888) 275-5908 or the FSD Contact Center at 1 (855) 373-9994.
You can also contact your local Missouri Family Support Division office for assistance. Find your nearest office location and contact information here.
Services are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 AM to 6:30 PM and Saturday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
For additional inquiries, you can email the customer support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we are not affiliated with the government in any way, our private company engaged writers to research the Children’s Health Insurance Program and compiled a guide and the following answers to frequently asked questions. Our goal is to help you get the benefits that you need by providing useful information on the process.
Our free CHIP Guide is filled with helpful information about how to apply, program eligibility and how to get in touch with local offices. You can view or download our free guide here.