NECAC offers help to people seeking health insurance

The not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) is offering assistance to people who were unable to buy health insurance before the federally-mandated March 31 deadline.

Those who started the application process but did not finish now have until mid-April to seek extra time. The extension applies only to people who have started the enrollment process.

“We encourage everyone who is interested in understanding their health insurance options to call us or visit one of the meetings we are setting up throughout our region,” said Bev Kelsay, NECAC Affordable Care Act HUB Manager. “You may qualify for an extension that will give you more time to review the options you have.”

People may still enroll at any time if they are eligible for Medicaid or have a child who is eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

People may enroll past the March 31 deadline if they have gotten married, had or adopted a child or had another major life event. People who had already enrolled and lose coverage because they moved to another state, lost a job, divorced or were legally separated or turned 26 and lost coverage under a parent’s plan may re-enroll.

People with questions may call NECAC Affordable Care Act counselors by the name and county listed below. Everyone must dial 573-213-4812. Clients will hear a voice prompt and then may dial one of the following extensions:

For the Northeast Region:

For the Metro West St. Louis Region:

*Lincoln County: Pamela Kisslinger at ext. 10316.

People may also call or visit the following NECAC County Service Centers:

Lincoln County: 11 Woodcrest Dr., Troy — 636-528-7604.

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:03 am