The Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period began three days ago, and the Cover Missouri Coalition aims to assist state residents in the process with events in Springfield, Branson and Joplin.
Certified assistants from Cover Missouri organizations, including CoxHealth in Springfield and Freeman Health System in Joplin, will provide information on how to sign up before enrollment ends Dec. 15. Cover Missouri is a project operated by the Missouri Foundation for Health, with a goal to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than 5 percent in five years.
“Consumers may be confused or unsure about the Affordable Care Act and what’s required of and available to them in light of recent actions taken by the Trump administration,” a Cover Missouri news release reads. “It’s important for them to know the ACA has not changed — most people are still required to have health insurance and that financial help is available through the marketplace.”
The events are scheduled 1-4 p.m. tomorrow at The Venues church in Springfield, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Branson Auto & Farm Museum and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Joplin Public Library. The Springfield event will include live music, free food, children’s activities and giveaways.
Open enrollment for 2017 coverage ended Jan. 31, with 12.2 million signed up; however, by mid-March, about 10.3 million were enrolled, according to CNNMoney.
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