Insurance

GOVERNMENT PUBLIC BENEFIT PROGRAMS

Medicare: http://www.medicare.gov, 1-800-633-4227

Social Security: http://www.socialsecurity.gov, 1-800-772-1213

NEW TEMPORARY FEDERAL HIGH RISK POOL PROGRAM

The health care reform bill passed earlier this year provides a total of $5 billion for a new, temporary national high risk insurance pool program.  Those who are uninsured and have a pre-existing condition that is keeping them from getting other insurance may be eligible for insurance with premiums similar to standard rates for those without pre-existing conditions.  States also have their own high risk pool programs that you may be eligible for.  For more information or to apply: 

  • Missouri Health Insurance Pool – apply for the federal or state pool at www.mhip.org or call (800) 821-2231
  • Kansas Health Insurance Association – apply for the state pool at www.khiastatepool.com or call (800) 362-9290

LOCAL AND NATIONAL ASSISTANCE WITH PUBLIC BENEFITS

Legal Aid of Western Missouri: http://www.lawmo.org/offices.htm

Social Security Disability Legal Advocates: 913-262-6555,  800-444-8185

Missouri Protection and Advocacy Services http://moadvocacy.org

Westport Cooperative Services: Medicare Assistance Program http://westportcooperative.org/medicare.php

Westport Cooperative Services provides a program to help individuals understand and navigate Medicare. They also provide a Senior Companion program as well.

 NATIONAL ASSISTANCE WITH HEALTH INSURANCE

Accredo Therapeutics: The A.C.C.E.S.S. Program (“Advocating for Chronic Conditions, Entitlements and Social Services (A.C.C.E.S.S.) is dedicated to helping find solutions to many of the social and economic problems that confront families facing chronic conditions. A.C.C.E.S.S. can assist you in navigating the often-complex maze of state and federal entitlement programs.”)  (888) 700-7010

Patient Advocate Foundation (“Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.”) (800) 532-5274 

LOCAL HEALTH INSURANCE & ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

Missouri Health Insurance Pool (provides insurance to those who have been denied) http://www.mhip.org/, 800-821-2231

Mid America Assistance Coalition (helps make social service system more simple and efficient) http://maaclink.org/maac.htm  Phone: (816) 561-2727 / (877) 962-6222

CLAIM – Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program  http://www.missouriclaim.org/  1-800-390-3330

Kansas Health Insurance Association: http://www.khiastatepool.com/default.asp