Campaign to educate Missourians on health insurance marketplace

Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

Cover Missouri, a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH), launched a new statewide campaign to educate Missourians about the new health insurance options available to them through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. As part of the education campaign in Missouri, MFH has also convened the Cover Missouri Coalition.

The Coalition brings together more than 140 members representing 90 organizations ranging from heath care providers, community-based organizations, businesses, and national organizations. The goal of the Coalition and the Foundation is to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years.

Additionally, MFH announced more than $4.9 million in grants to provide crucial in-person support for consumers seeking additional information about the Marketplace or Small Business Health Options Program (or SHOP Marketplace). Grantees include: Participants include:

• North East Community Action Corporation

• Primaris/KMA

“Missourians need accurate, easily accessible information to make educated choices about health coverage,” said Ryan Barker, MFH vice president of health policy. “Through the connections and tireless community outreach of our partners and grantees, we can help increase coverage and achieve our goal of improving the health of Missourians.”

Cover Missouri unveiled a new website for consumers seeking information about the new Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace opening Oct. 1, 2013. The Marketplace, along with the SHOP Marketplace, is a website where consumers can compare and buy the insurance plan that fits his/her need, operating similarly to a travel website where individuals can compare prices or purchase tickets.

The new www.covermissouri.org is designed for individuals and small businesses to find information specific to their needs on the new health law and the Marketplace. All information on Cover Missouri is nonpartisan and fact-based, with the end goal of helping Missourians find quality, affordable health insurance.

Barker said, “You can find everything you need to know about new health insurance rules and requirements, ways to help pay for insurance, how to buy insurance, calculate your savings, and explore health insurance coverage options for you, your family, or your small business.”

For more state-specific information on health care reform or to learn more about the Missouri Foundation for Health and Cover Missouri, please visit www.mffh.org and www.covermissouri.org.

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