Missouri Gets Approval For Special Medicaid Funding

October 25, 2011
It was announced last week that Missouri received federal approval for special Medicaid funding to benefit community mental health care facilities and to coordinate care for the mentally ill and those suffering from substance abuse issues. According to KY 3 News, Missouri is the first state in the nation to receive this special funding under the president’s new healthcare law.

What the state is calling the “Home Health Model” will take effect on January 1, 2012, at which time, the US Department of Health and Human Services says the state will receive the enhanced funding in order to provide better care for those suffering from chronic conditions. The Missouri Department of Mental Health hopes the program will provide a better patient experience and better results than traditional care.
Patients suffering from the following chronic conditions will qualify for the program:

  • Serious Mental Health Condition
  • Asthma
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular Disease- including Hypertension
  • Overweight (BMI>25)
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Smokers- as it puts you at risk for a chronic condition

Missouri HealthNet must cover those who are eligible for the program. Participants must suffer from one serious and persistent mental health condition, two chronic conditions, or one chronic condition while being at risk for a second.
The Missouri Social Security Benefit Lawyers with Cofman Townsley hope the new program offers better care to the citizens of Missouri who are in the most need. If you have been denied for social security benefits, contact us now for a free evaluation of your case.