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4 Questions About Applying for Social Services as a Senior November 16, 2018

4 Questions About Applying for Social Services as a Senior, Airport, Missouri

For individuals on a fixed income and especially those who are retired, it’s important to manage money as wisely as possible. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict the circumstances surrounding your health, and medical expenses can be difficult to budget for. Luckily, seniors do have some assistance at their disposal through government-provided social services. If you live in Missouri, you could be eligible for MO HealthNet (Medicaid) for Seniors.

4 FAQ & Answers About Social Services for Seniors

Who is Eligible for MO HealthNet?

To receive this form of Medicaid, you must be 65 years of age or older. You must also be a Missouri resident and a legal U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen. If you’re single, your cash, securities, or other non-exempt resources must have a value of less than $2,000; for married couples, that figure must not exceed $4,000 together or individually. Individuals must also not have an income exceeding $834 monthly, or $1,129 for couples.

What Information Will I Need to Apply?

social servicesWhen you’re ready to apply, you should have your personal information on hand. You’ll need to provide your name, address, and phone number; social security number; location and date of birth; among other details about yourself and those with whom you share your household. If you have any other health insurance, have your policy information on hand as well.

How Can I Apply?

When you’re ready to apply, you can visit the Missouri Department of Social Services online. There, you can fill out and submit the application directly. If you prefer, you can also print a paper application and submit it through the mail. The paper application also lists further instructions for individuals who may want to request assistance completing their forms.

How Will I Know if I’m Approved?

You’ll receive a letter from the Family Support Division regardless of the outcome. If you are eligible for support, you will also receive an identification card, along with a detailed explanation of the financial support and medical services available. You can also visit the social services website for instructions on checking the status of your MO HealthNet application.


If you or your loved one is seeking senior home health care and you’d like to learn more about the care available through social services, contact the compassionate care providers from Deer Valley Home Health Services. Serving Berkeley, St. Charles, and St. Louis, MO, these home helpers offer alternatives to assisted living facilities and are available to answer any questions you or your loved one may have about receiving quality in-home care. Contact their team online or call (314) 355-3679 for more information.  

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