Who Qualifies for Medicare in Missouri?
You may be eligible for Medicare in Missouri if you’re a U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for more than five years and one or more of the following applies to you:1
- You are 65 or older.
- You have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.
- You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Medicare Plans for Missouri Residents
Once you are eligible for Medicare in Missouri, you’ll need to choose your plan.
Approximately 20% of Missouri's residents received Medicare benefits in 2020, either through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan2,3. Original Medicare includes Medicare Part A (hospital coverage) and Medicare Part B (outpatient coverage).1 Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage)4 and Medicare Supplement plans (Medigap) can be purchased separately for additional coverage.
Medicare Part C (also known as Medicare Advantage) is sold by private insurance companies. It bundles Medicare Part A and Part B into a single plan. Plus, it often includes prescription drug coverage and other benefits like dental and vision.5 Of the almost 1.2 million Missouri residents enrolled in Medicare in 2020, 39% of them enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.6
HealthMarkets can make understanding Medicare eligibility in Missouri easy. In fact, HealthMarkets can even help you find out if you are eligible for Extra Help, a program that can lower the cost of prescription drug coverage. More than 56% of Medicare-eligible Missourians who applied were deemed eligible for Extra Help.7
How Do I Sign Up for Medicare in Missouri?
You can sign up for Original Medicare in Missouri by contacting Social Security during your Initial Medicare Enrollment Period, which takes place from three months before you turn 65, the month of your birthday, and three months afterward. If you miss this seven-month window, you can enroll during the General Enrollment Period from January 1–March 31.
You can sign up for Medicare Advantage or Medicare Part D when you first get Medicare; however you can also apply during the Annual Enrollment Period October 15 – December 7.
If you’re ready to start shopping for a Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplement, or Medicare Part D Plan, get your free FitScore® with HealthMarkets. It will help you find plans that best fit your needs.Get started reviewing your options today.
1.Original Medicare (Part A and B) Eligibility and Enrollment, CMS. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/OrigMedicarePartABEligEnrol | 2. Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries, KFF. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/total-medicare-beneficiaries | 3.United States Census Bureau. Population estimates. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/MO. | 4. What Medicare Part D drug plans cover, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/drug-coverage-part-d/what-medicare-part-d-drug-plans-cover | 5. Understanding Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/12026-Understanding-Medicare-Advantage-Plans.pdf | 6. Total Number of Medicare Beneficiaries, KFF. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/total-medicare-beneficiaries/ | 7. Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. SSA. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/Data-about-Extra-Help-with-Medicare-Prescription-Drug-Plan-Cost.html
HealthMarkets’ FitScore intends to identify plans that fit your needs. You should carefully review official plan materials.