The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

March 4, 2014

Your View: Still time for enrollment

JOPLIN, Mo. — With a deadline approaching, uninsured Missourians can still find help getting insurance.

Open enrollment in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace ends March 31. This looming deadline means that those Missourians who remain uninsured may have to pay a penalty for not having insurance come tax time.

The Cover Missouri Coalition has organized a coordinated statewide outreach effort on Saturday to raise awareness of the impending deadline and help Missourians enroll.

Missouri enrollment numbers have been promising. By the end of January, more than 54,000 Missourians had enrolled in health insurance plans through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace (www.healthcare.gov). And even more encouraging is that of those Missourians who enrolled in private health insurance through the marketplace, 83 percent qualified for financial help to lower health insurance costs with premium tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies.

As the deadline approaches, Access Family Care, Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital along with our other Cover Missouri Coalition partners are committed to raising awareness through increased enrollment efforts at events, and through targeted outreach.

We encourage uninsured Missourians to schedule an appointment with a trained, certified aide by calling one of the numbers below, or by attending one of our enrollment events.

Access Family Care: 417-621-5747.

Area Agency on Aging: 417-781-7562.

Barton County Memorial Hospital: 417-681-5228.

Freeman Health System: 855-355-7526.

Mercy Hospital Joplin/Carthage: 417-621-4312.

Enrollment events will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Joplin Public Library, 300 S. Main St., Joplin; the Carthage Public Library, 612 S. Garrison Ave., Carthage; the Neosho Public Library, 201 W. Spring St., Neosho; the McDonald County Library, 808 Bailey Road, Pineville; and the Barton County Library, 300 W. 10th St., Lamar. Hours at the Barton County Library will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.covermissouri.org.

Don McBride

CEO

Access Family Care

Paula Baker

President and CEO

Freeman Health System

Gary Pulsipher

President and CEO

Mercy Hospital Joplin

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