Department of Health, Missouri

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The Department of Social Services is an agency in Missouri.

The purpose of the Department of Social Services is to administer programs to Missourians that provide access to health care, child support, and assistance to troubled youths.[1]


The Department has a total budget of $6.2 billion in 2008, $6.9 billion in 2009 and a planned budget of $7.6 billion for 2010.[2]

SFY 2010 Planned Expenditures

Program Allocations
MO HealthNet Division $6,433.5 million
Division of Youth Services $61.3 million
Family Support Division $573.1 million
Children's Division $510.1 million
Support Divisions $55.1 million
Total $7.6 billion


The Missouri HealthNet program provides medical services to persons meeting eligibility requirements. Services include inpatient hospital care, outpatient hospital services, nursing home services, physician's services, drugs and medicines, dental services, emergency ambulance services.[3] The number of people eligible for HealthNet in 2009 was 826,631. Expenditures for the program in fiscal year 2009 totaled $5,760.8 million.[4]

The Missouri HealthNet for Kids program is the state's healthcare program for children and provides coverage including primary, acute and preventative care, hospital care, prescription coverage, and dental and vision care.[5]


The Missouri Transparency and Accountability website allows residents to track government spending.[6]

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