Care Connection to provide insurance navigators


Care Connection for Aging Services will once again provide help to consumers who need to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, Executive Director Diana Hoemann has announced.

Care Connection has trained “navigators” who can provide education and one-on-one assistance for enrollment in the Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

The Open Enrollment period for individuals interested in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage for 2016 began Sunday.

Care Connection will have navigators who will guide people through the choices of health insurance during an enrollment event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in Dockery 205 on the University of Central Missouri campus. People may park in the visitors’ lot at South and Maguire streets, adjacent to Dockery. The agency will have several other enrollment opportunities as well in all 13 counties where it operates.

Care Connection is one of eight nonprofit agencies participating in this effort after the Federal Department of Health and Human Services named Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) as an official Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator organization for the third straight year.

The statewide group will incorporate its network of Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers – including Care Connection – to help people make informed decisions when choosing among health insurance coverage options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Care Connection’s navigators will operate in all 13 counties in its district to help people make decisions about which health insurance would provide the best, most affordable coverage for their families.

The navigators provide free, unbiased information and guidance during open enrollment and special enrollment periods. Last year, 253,000 Missourians chose health insurance options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Care Connection is a member of the Cover Missouri Coalition of 725 organizations seeking to reduce the number of uninsured Missourians, to build awareness, to assist with enrollment, to increase health insurance literacy, and to support Medicaid transformation.

Under the Health Insurance Marketplace system, affordable health insurance policies will be offered by private insurance providers with tiered cost options. Coverage cannot be denied due to pre-existing conditions, and many preventive health care services are provided under terms of the policies offered in the Marketplace. The system is designed to help uninsured Missourians find affordable health insurance options for themselves and their families.

Care Connection for Aging Services is an area agency on aging serving Carroll, Chariton, Lafayette, Saline, Johnson, Pettis, Bates, Henry, Benton, Vernon, St. Clair, Hickory and Cedar counties. For questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace, call 800-748-7826 or email [email protected]

Release courtesy of Care Connection for Aging Services.

Sedalia Democrat

Release courtesy of Care Connection for Aging Services.

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