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Community Resources & Assistance Programs

University of Missouri Health care and University Physicians understand being uninsured or underinsured can be very stressful and it might be difficult to navigate all of the possible assistance programs offered.  Please review the information provided on local, state and federal programs because they may provide you valuable assistance.

Assistance Programs

Prescription Medications

MO Rx http://www.morx.mo.gov/
MO Rx is a prescription assistance program offered through the Missouri Department of Social Services. If you are enrolled, it will pay for portions of your prescription drugs if you have Medicare Part D or Medicaid and meet the income guidelines. MO Rx also has a price-compare tool that can help you compare prices of prescriptions at your local pharmacies to find the most cost effective location to fill your prescription.
Needy Meds  www.needymeds.org/
Provides applications patients can submit to various drug manufacturing companies
Partnership for Prescriptions www.pparx.org/
Offers assistance on more than 150 programs offered by various pharmaceutical companies.

If you cannot find the prescription assistance through Needy Meds or Partnership for Prescriptions, you might check with the pharmaceutical company. Some have their own prescription assistance programs. To find out if there is assistance for your prescription go to the company webpage and do a search for "prescription assistance [name of drug]".

 

Free Health Screening for Women

  • Breast and cervical cancer screening - Show Me Healthy Women is a screening program for women aged 35 and older who meet specific income and insurance guidelines. Services are available through Ellis Fischel Cancer Center or participating Agencies.
  • Screening mammogram - Susan B Komen for the Cure Grants provide funding so that women over age of 40 can get a free screening mammogram. This service is available through EFCC for women living in certain MO counties. Additional grants cover screening mammograms for women 35 to 49. For more information visit http://www.muhealth.org/BreastProgram.

 

Other Financial Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace covermissouri.orghealthcare.gov
New health insurance options will be available through Marketplaces (exchanges) for individuals, families, and small businesses (i.e., consumers) to shop and buy private insurance based on quality and price. Individuals and families with incomes between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) will be eligible for subsidies to make health insurance more affordable. Enrollment will be from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Insurance coverage under the exchanges begins January 1, 2014. For more information visit
MO HealthNet (Medicaid) http://dss.mo.gov/mhk/appl.htm
Provides health care access to low income individuals that are elderly, disabled, members of families with dependent children, low-income children, uninsured children, pregnant women, refugees, or children in state custody.
Social Security Disability (SSDI) http://www.disability-benefits-help.org/ or 800-772-1213
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides aid to people who are unable to achieve gainful employment due to a permanent disabling condition. Individuals who believe that they qualify for social security disability can get disability benefits by submitting an initial application for disability benefits: If you apply for MO HealthNet for disability, you will be required to apply for SSDI too.

 

Community Resources and Helpful Information

Adult Day Connection www.shp.missouri.edu
Provides therapeutic activities, exercise, nutrition and nursing supervision, plus respite and education for families and caregivers through a state licensed adult day health care program. (573) 882-7070.
Alzheimer's Association www.alz.org
Provides services to patients with dementia-related illnesses, their families and their caretakers. Services include respite care and support groups. (573) 445-8665
American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/
Offers assistance from transportation, temporary housing, wigs or prescriptions if eligible
American Heart Association http://www.americanheart.org/
American Kidney Fund http://www.kidneyfund.org/ 
Contact Patient Services Department at 800-638-8299 for financial assistance programs.
Boone County Community Resources http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Health/index.php 
http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/Health/birth_certificates.php 
Provides utility assistance, medication assistance, pregnancy testing, eyeglasses and dental assistance, clinic services including immunizations and WIC, birth and death certificates. (573) 874-7355
Boone County Council on Aging www.bcca.missouri.org 
Provides information and community support to aging adults in Boone County and serves as the hub for senior volunteering. (573) 443-1111.
Boone County Family Resources www.bcfr.org 
Provides support services and refer individuals with developmental disabilities to community resources. (573) 874-1995.
Cancer Care http://www.cancercare.org/get_help/assistance/cc_financial.php 
Contact Jane Levy, Director of Patient Assistance Programs, at 800-813-4673.
Caring Voice Coalition, Inc. http://www.caringvoice.org/ 
Contact Doyle Hull, Director of Patient Services, at 888-267-1440 for premium and copayment assistance.
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging http://www.cmaaa.net/
573-443-5823 or 800-369-5211
Central Missouri Community Action http://www.showmeaction.org/
Some of the services include Head Start, Rental Assistance, Energy Assistance, Financial Education, Employment & Training, Family Support, Weatherization
855-612-2259
Central Missouri Food Bank & Pantry www.centralmofoodbank.org
Supplies free food to 142 pantries, children's programs, soup kitchens, shelters and senior programs in 33 central and northeastern counties through its regional disaster and hunger relief network. (573) 474-1020
Central Missouri Regional Office www.centralmissouri.mo.networkofcare.org
Services include intake, assessment, and case management for clients who have developmental disabilities and information about specific services in the community.  (888) 671-1041.  
Chronic Disease Fund http://www.cdfund.org/ 
Contact 877-968-7233 for assistance. Prescription financial assistance for certain diseases.
Colorectal Care Line http://www.colorectalcareline.org/ 
Call 866-657-8634; financial assistance applications are completed via phone.
Co-Pay Relief Program http://www.copays.org/ 
Call 866-512-3861 for prescription co-pay assistance.
Family Counseling Center of Missouri www.fccmo.org 
Provides drug and alcohol prevention services, residential and outpatient treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, and outpatient mental health therapy and education. (573) 443-2204
Family Health Center http://www.fhcmo.org/
573-886-6790
Harvest House Houses and feeds homeless persons and their families so that they can move into their own housing.  (660) 882-3286.
HealthWell Foundation http://www.healthwellfoundation.org/ 
Call 800-675-8416. Financial assistance for insurance copayments, coinsurance, premiums & prescriptions.
Job Point www.jobpointmo.org 
Provides services to people with disabilities, the chronically unemployed and economically disadvantaged and provides career counseling, skills training and job-readiness training. (573) 474-8560.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Missouri has two chapters:
St. Louis: http://www.jdrfstl.org/
Kansas City: www.jdrf.org/kansascity

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society http://www.leukemia-lymphoma.org/all_page?item_id=4603 
Call 877-557-2672 for co-pay assistance program. There are two locations that serve Missouri: 
Mid-America Chapter: 913-262-1515 or 800-256-1075 
Gateway Chapter:  314-878-0780 or 800-264-CURE
Live Strong Survivor Care Partnership http://www.livestrong.org/ 
Call 512-236-8820
Lutheran Family & Children's Services Provides counseling, education and support to parents with unplanned pregnancies as well as adoptive services to families.  (573) 815-9955.
Meals on Wheels www.meals.columbia.missouri.org 
Delivers hot noon meals and sack suppers to persons of any age or income in the Columbia area. Special diets and frozen meals are available. (573) 886-7554.
Mid-Missouri Legal Services www.lsmo.org (573) 442-0116 or (800) 568-4931. 
Missouri Legal Aid offers free assistance in certain circumstance to qualifying low-income Missourians needing legal assistance.
Missouri Department of Insurance, 
Financial Institutions & Professional Registration
insurance.mo.gov
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services http://health.mo.gov/index.php
Provides many services for Missouri residents, including healthy living, senior and disability services, licensing and regulations of child and adult day care centers, hospitals, and nursing homes; disaster and emergency planning.
Missouri Department of Social Services www.dss.mo.gov 
Provides many services for Missouri residents. Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) is a cash benefit program. Food Stamps / Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can provide funding for monthly food assistance, and child care assistance. The local Family Support Division office can assist with questions on eligibility.
MO HealthNet http://www.dss.mo.gov/mhd/participants/index.htm

Formally known as Missouri Medicaid, Missouri Health Net has health insurance programs to help Missouri families and those that are elderly or disabled.  If eligible for MO HealthNet, you may also qualify for transportation assistance related to your medical care.

  • For Women, children and parents with young children, MC+ is based on income and resources
  • MO HealthNet for Aged, Blind or Disabled (MOHABD) is for person age 65 or older or unable to work due to a mental or physical disability for 12 months or longer.  This program is based on income and resources
  • Breast and Cervical Treatment Medicaid program is for women with breast or cervical cancer. There are special eligibility criteria with this program (Enrolled in Show Me Healthy Women or MO HealthNet's Women's Health Services program).
Missouri Department of Mental Health http://dmh.mo.gov/
Has programs and assistance for alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness and developmental disabilities.
National Alliance on Mental Illness http://www.nami.org/
National Brain Tumor Foundation http://www.braintumor.org/ 
Call 800-934-2873
National Foundation for Transplants http://www.transplants.org/ 
Call 800-489-3863
National Marrow Patient Assistance Program 
& Financial Assistance Fund

http://www.marrow.org/PATIENT/index.html?src=tabpatients Call 888-999-6743. 
You must go through a transplant center for financial assistance. There are five Missouri transplant centers:

  • Saint Luke's Blood & Marrow Transplant Program Financial Representative: Laura Cross, 816-932-5974
  • The Children's Mercy Hospital Blood and Marrow Transplant Program Financial Representative: Amy Mann, 816-802-1231
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine Siteman Cancer Center Financial Representative: Pamela Rutledge, 314-454-8358
  • Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Financial Representative: Faye Williams-314-989-3027
  • St. Louis University Hospital Transplant Services Financial Representative: Joanne Kelly, 314-577-8867 ext. 22317
National Transplant Assistance Fund 
& Catastrophic Injury Program
http://www.transplantfund.org/ Contact 800-642-8399. 
Financial assistance for uninsured medical expenses related to transplantation.
New Horizons www.mo-newhorizons.com 
Provides community and home-based psychiatric services to individuals who have severe mental illnesses. (573) 443-0405.
OATS Transportation Services www.oatstransit.org 
Offers door-to-door transportation service for the elderly and disabled persons. Transportation is also available to the general public in rural areas. (573) 449-3789.
Partnership for Children http://www.pfc.org/
Partnership for Prescription Assistance https://www.pparx.org/Intro.php 
Contact 888-477-2669 to locate qualifying programs.
Patient Access Network Foundation http://www.panfoundation.org/ Call 866-316-7263. 
Financial support for prescription out-of-pocket costs.
Patient Advocate Foundation http://www.copays.org/ Call 866-512-3861 
Financial assistance for drug copayments.
Patient Services, Inc. http://www.uneedpsi.org/ Call 800-366-7741. 
Financial assistance for health insurance premiums & prescription copayments.
Phoenix Programs www.phoenixprogramsinc.org
Provides treatment and educational services to people with drug and alcohol addiction and support groups and education to family members.  (573) 875-8880.
Primaris www.primaris.org
Nonprofit Medicare Organization in Missouri.  Provides unbiased Medicare counseling and guidance, free of charge. Please call 573-817-8338 or 800-735-6776 to set up an appointment.
Rainbow House www.rainbowhousecolumbia.org
Offers services that benefit children of abuse/neglect, their families, colleagues and the community by helping stop the cycle of abuse.  (573) 474-6600.
Salvation Army www.usa.org 
Can provide utility assistance if eligible, emergency shelter, emergency food and nutrition assistance and some Alcohol and Drug treatment and caseworker services.  (573) 442-3229 or (573) 442-1984.
Services for Independent Living www.silcolumbia.org
Provides independent living skills development, peer support, programs for socialization and recreation, information and referral, transportation and advocacy for persons with disabilities. (573) 874-1646
Social Security Administration www.ssa.gov The Social Security Administration can provide supplemental income for U.S. citizens who are unable to work for approximately 12 months or more due to disability. You can apply online, in person or by telephone.
The Shelter www.boonecountysafeshelter.com
Provides emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, support groups, domestic violence and sexual assault education, victim advocacy, case management and children's support.  (573) 875-1369.
Voluntary Action Center www.vacmo.org 
Provides family assistance and emergency services for patients who qualify. They can assist with prescription medications or small medical equipment, emergency food, emergency shelter, bus tickets or gasoline for new jobs or medical appointments. Car seats for newborns, Minor auto repair for employed persons, Uniform clothing as needed for a new job, Missouri birth certificates, IDs and Drivers Licenses, Hygiene items, diapers, small household items and college registration/application fees. (573) 874-2273.
Health Coverage Tax Credit The Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) is a program administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that provides a 65% reduction in your monthly premium.

Effective Jan. 1, 2008, new legislation implemented important provisions to help reduce the number of Missourians without health insurance through portability and fairer tax treatment among all health care consumers. The legislation designated MHIP as a qualified coverage option under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (TAA). This designation provides a tax deduction for all Missourians for health insurance premiums included in their federally adjusted gross income.

The Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act of 2002 (TAA) created a federal tax credit that subsidizes private health insurance coverage for:

  • Displaced workers certified to receive certain TAA benefits
  • Older workers receiving ATAA benefits
  • Individuals receiving benefits from PBGC

As of March 2011, the tax credit is 65 percent of the premium paid by eligible individuals for qualified health insurance coverage. This credit is referred to as the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) and is administered by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Two options are available to an eligible individual to receive the benefit. Taxpayers may:

  • Claim the 65 percent credit on their federal tax return at the end of the year, OR
  • Obtain an advance credit of 65 percent, which requires the taxpayer to pay the 35 percent balance of the monthly premium.

Additional information on the HCTC is available here
Additional information on the HCTC for PBGC recipients is available here.

 

Financial Counseling Services

Financial counselors are available to let you know how much you may be responsible to pay for your care. If you do not have health insurance and will be unable to pay for your care, then we will help you explore options and assist you in completing the applications to get the assistance you need.

University Hospital and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Local: (573) 884-9900
Toll-free: (866) 608-8025
Fax: (573) 884-2294

Women’s and Children’s Hospital
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(573) 875-9269

Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday
(573) 884-8475

Customer Service Department
For Customer Service, call:
Local: (573) 884-3300, Option 1
Toll-free: (800) 877-2372

Email: patientf@health.missouri.edu