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Program Overview

Gateway to Better Health is a temporary health care program for uninsured adults in St. Louis City and County. The program is designed to provide uninsured adults a bridge in care until they are able to enroll in health insurance coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act.

The program was scheduled to end on December 31, 2016. In mid-2016, the federal government approved extending the program to December 31, 2017.

The program covers primary, specialty and urgent care services for individuals up to 100% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Since the implementation of the Gateway to Better Health program in 2012, the program has provided:

  • Access to coverage for more than 49,000 otherwise uninsured St. Louis area residents,
  • Nearly 195,000 primary care and dental visits,
  • More than 800,000 medications to manage chronic conditions and other diseases,
  • Nearly 36,000 specialty care visits,
  • More than 200,000 diagnostic tests, procedures and ancillary services and
  • More than 21,000 urgent care visits.

Gateway to Better Health is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Social Services in partnership with the St. Louis Regional Health Commission.

For more information, please call the call the Gateway to Better Health call center at 1.888.513.1417.

Who is eligible?

Gateway to Better Health is available for adults who:

  • Are between the ages of 19-64
  • Are not eligible for MO HealthNet (Medicaid) or Medicare
  • Are patients at one of the participating health centers
  • Have no other insurance
  • Have income at or below 100% of the federal poverty level ($12,060 per year for an adult living alone or $24,600 per year for a family of four)
  • Live in St. Louis City or County

What are the benefits?

Gateway to Better Health covers:

  • Primary Care Services
    • Preventative Dental
    • Eye Exams
    • Podiatry
  • Specialty Care Services
  • Urgent Care Services (up to 5 visits)
  • Limited Outpatient Hospital Services
  • Generic prescriptions and brand name insulin and inhalers dispensed by the patient’s primary care home.
  • Non-emergency medical transportation

There are no premiums for the program. Copays for Gateway to Better Health are $0.50 - $10.00.

Please call the Gateway to Better Health Call Center at 1.888.513.1417 for additional information on program benefits.

Who’s in the provider network?

Primary Care Providers
  • Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
  • Family Care Health Centers
  • Affinia Healthcare
  • Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers
  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health
Specialty Care Providers

In order to receive a specialty service, you must receive a referral from a primary care doctor at your health center.

Limited outpatient procedures are covered with an approved referral from a network physician. These services are provided in partnership with local in-network hospitals.

How to apply?

To apply for the Gateway to Better Health program, visit one of the primary care providers in the Gateway to Better Health network:

  • Betty Jean Kerr People’s Health Centers
  • Family Care Health Centers
  • Affinia Healthcare
  • Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Centers
  • St. Louis County Department of Public Health

You may need to provide some documents. These may include:

  • Proof of citizenship or visa status. To show you are a legal citizen of the United States or in the United States legally.
  • Proof of residency. Something that shows you live in St. Louis City or County. (A current bill statement is an example.)
  • Proof of income. Proof of your income for the last 30 days. (For example, if you are paid weekly, you will need to provide four of your most recent pay stubs.)

People born in Missouri do not need to provide all documents. Please check with your health center for more information on what you will need to submit.

All applications will be screened to see if you are eligible for MO HealthNet coverage. Remember, only adults who are uninsured or are not eligible for MO HealthNet will get Gateway to Better Health.