Who Is Eligible?

For vendor payments, the person who:

  • Is certified for nursing facility care or state mental hospital care;
  • Has been screened before entry into a MO HealthNet-certified nursing facility;
  • Is 65 years or older for state mental hospital care;
  • Has not given away, sold, or transferred real or personal property within the period prescribed by law without receiving fair and valuable consideration, and
  • Meets the other eligibility requirements outlined under “MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind and Disabled”
  • A special provision applies to married couples when one spouse enters a nursing facility and the other spouse does not live in a nursing facility.

This provision allows for protection of a portion of the couple”s assets for the spouse remaining at home (see “Prevention of Spousal Impoverishment”).

For information regarding medical coverage included with nursing care, see Medical Services-MO HealthNet.

Some nursing care partcipants may also be eligible for Qualified Medicare Beneficiary or Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary benefits.