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How do you qualify for Medicaid in Missouri?

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As of February 2015, Missouri children qualify for Medicaid by having a household income at 150 percent or less than the federal poverty level, according to the Medicaid website. Adults have to make 18 percent or less of the federal poverty level in income to qualify.

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For children ages one to 18, 150 percent of the federal poverty level is determined by the annual household income per certain number of children. For one parent and one child, 150 percent of the federal poverty level is $23,895, as of 2015. For two parents and one child, 150 percent of the federal poverty level comes in at $30,135. Two parents and two children have to make less than $36,375 to qualify children for Medicaid. Parents can earn Medicaid benefits at $2,119 of income at 18 percent of the poverty level.

Missouri uses the modified adjusted gross income figure to determine Medicaid benefits, a figure that reduces net income by certain deductions and then adds income such as Social Security payments, according to the federal government. As of 2015, the federal poverty level is $11,770 for individuals, $15,930 for a family of two, $20,090 for a family of three and $24,250 for a family of four. The federal poverty level for two parents and four children, or a family of six, is $32,570.

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover a total of 852,435 Missouri residents as of November 2014, notes Medicaid.gov. Nationally, total enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP reaches 68,973,900 Americans.

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