MA4 Awarded Navigator Grant For 2014- 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace


Monday, September 8th, 2014

Jefferson City, Mo. — Catherine Edwards, executive director of the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4), today announced the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) has been named by the Department of Health and Human Services as an official Health Insurance Marketplace “Navigator” organization for the second straight year. MA4 will incorporate its network of Area Agencies on Aging and senior centers throughout the state to help people make informed decisions when choosing among health insurance coverage options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

“Last year, more than 150,000 Missourians chose health insurance options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Edwards. “While most people accessed the Marketplace online at www.HealthCare.gov, many people selecting health insurance coverage for the first time benefitted from the in-person service our team of trained Navigators was able to provide.”

According to Edwards, individuals and small businesses will once again be able to shop for health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace in a variety of ways including online, in-person, by phone and at events and locations established by partner organizations during the open enrollment period.

For individuals wishing to explore new insurance options in person MA4 has established eight regional information centers in all parts of the state. Additional events will also be hosted throughout the state during the open enrollment period. The Open Enrollment period for individuals interested in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage for 2015 will begin this year on November 15. Additionally, Missouri has been named as one of 5 states that will allow businesses with fewer than 50 full-time workers to access the Small Business Health Options Program in late October, ahead of the regular open enrollment start date.

“Full details regarding plan options, pricing and participation are not yet available,” said Edwards, ”but, our network is in place and will be prepared to help once details for the 2014 enrollment period are released.”

Under the Health Insurance Marketplace system, affordable health insurance policies will be offered by multiple 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 currently uninsured Missourians find affordable health insurance options for themselves and their families.

About The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4)

The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (MA4) was founded in 1973 to serve as a statewide advocate and resource for older Missourians.  MA4 is comprised of the state’s 10 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), which were created under the 1973 amendments to the Older American’s Act of 1965.   For 40 years, these local agencies have been providing vital services, programs and information to millions of Missourians and their caregivers, including legal services, home-delivered meals, disease prevention and health promotion, transportation, public benefits counseling, senior center services and activities and in-home services. The 10 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) provide a coordinated network of care in implementing statewide initiatives, which are designed to help older Missourians maintain their independence and give them a voice in articulating their concerns and changing needs.

As the official statewide association of these agencies, MA4 is dedicated to carrying out its mission of service, information and advocacy to improve the lives of older Missourians and to plan for the changes that will take place as the aging population grows in number and importance in the next decade.

In 2013 MA4 was recognized as one of two Navigator organizations in Missouri charged with providing access to the newly formed Health Insurance Marketplace. Despite the organization’s focus on senior health and wellness, all services provided by MA4 under the Marketplace program will continue to be available to all Missourians, regardless of age.

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Missouri Veto Session Starts Wednesday


Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sikeston Standard Democrat - The Missouri General Assembly will have no shortage of issues to consider during its veto session that begins Wednesday.

The largely Republican Legislature and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon clashed repeatedly over bills approved in the 2014 legislative session. Sales tax cuts, agriculture and an extended abortion waiting period are among the key issues that divided the two. They are among the more than 30 bills vetoed by the governor over the summer.

Budget cuts by the governor also will be considered in the veto session. While the Legislature could override some of the vetoed funds, there’s no guarantee they would be released, since the governor can withhold funds.

Read the complete story in the Sikeston Standard Democrat by CLICKING HERE.

MA4 Surveys Candidates In Primary State Senate Campaigns


Monday, August 4th, 2014

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In an effort to determine where candidates stand on issues of importance to seniors, MA4 conducted a short survey of all candidates who have filed for a position in the Missouri State Senate and whose name will appear on the August 4 primary ballot. A total of 31 candidates from all parties were surveyed, whether they were running opposed or unopposed in the primary election.

A total of 17 Missouri State Senate seats are up for grabs this year. In those races, 8 incumbents are running unopposed, but 5 races are for seats in which no incumbent will appear on the ballot.

As of August 3, only 6 candidates had responded to the 8-question survey covering topics such as senior meals programs, health care, Medicaid, elder abuse and long term care.

For a compiled report on candidates’ answers to the survey, CLICK HERE.

For a copy of the original survey, CLICK HERE.

For a list of all candidates for State Senate appearing on the 2014 Primary ballot, CLICK HERE.

MA4 will repeat this candidate survey in September for the general election campaign, and plans to expand the survey to all candidates for State Representative who will appear on the November ballot.

MORx Enrollment Suspended Due To State Budget Constraints


Monday, July 7th, 2014

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The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has announced that as of June 30, 2014 the MORx Program will be unable to approve new applications for enrollment due to state budget constraints. This suspension of approvals is expected to be temporary, but will remain in effect until further notice.

Applicants submitting applications after June 30, 2014 will receive a letter explaining the enrollment suspension and advising their application will remain on file and processed when the program enrollment suspension is lifted. If after 9 months MORx is unable to restart enrollment, the MORx enrollment form will be returned to the applicant and advised they will need to reapply by sending in a new application.

The budget restrictions will not affect members already enrolled in the program. Current members will continue to receive the same benefit of MORx paying 50% of the members out of pocket prescription drug copayment cost.

You may contact the MORx Program by e-mail or at 573-522-3064 should you have any questions about this notice.

United Health Releases America’s Health Rankings Senior Report


Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Each year, the United Health Foundation issues a national study providing a snapshot of the state of health in America. The Senior Report focuses on data that is pertinent to seniors. The report presents data for individual states as well as national information and covers 34 different measures of senior health. The information is drawn from 12 different government agencies and leading research agencies located throughout the United States.

For a summary preview of the data, please CLICK HERE.

For additional details, visit  www.americashealthrankings.org.

Latest Missouri Numbers On Marketplace Insurance Enrollment


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

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The most recent numbers relating to enrollment in the new Marketplace Health Insurance program have been released. Numbers indicate that more than 150,000 people enrolled in the new program, and 36% of those new enrollees were younger than age 34. More women than men took advantage of the new program – and most people who applied qualified for some sort of insurance subsidy when purchasing the insurance plan.

For a more complete breakdown on the numbers, CLICK HERE.

Sponsor and Exibitor Information For Summit on Aging and Health 2014


Monday, February 17th, 2014

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Each year, the Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging brings together some of the best people in America to explore strategies to help Missouri’s senior population. This year, our presenters and participants will convene at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO from August 26th to August 28th during the ShowMe Summit on Aging and Health 2014.

It is the only forum on aging in the state reaching key decision-makers in both the non-profit and business sectors, including home health care, chronic disease management, information and assistance services, consumer counseling, financial planning, as well as seniors themselves.

Topics will include elder abuse and exploitation, mobility, health literacy, disease management, cultural diversity, health care reform, electronic health records, and mental health initiatives for seniors (dealing with depression, etc.).

We encourage your participation in this hallmark event. Sponsors and Exhibitors are encouraged to make reservations early to insure a spot at this premiere senior event. For additional information regarding how your company or group can be a part of this important event, please refer to the following links:

SPONSOR INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION – CLICK HERE

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS - Call for Presentations for the 2014 Show Me Summit on Aging and Health is now open. Submissions are due by February 28, 2014. 

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF THE CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS.

“AGE OF CHAMPIONS” FILM WILL KICK OFF 2014 SUMMIT - Age of Champions is the award-winning documentary following five competitors who sprint, leap, and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. You’ll meet a 100 year-old tennis champion, 86 year-old pole vaulter, and rough-and-tumble basketball grandmothers as they triumph over the limitations of age. The film premiered at AFI Docs Film Festival and will reach more than 3 million viewers on PBS.

2014 SUMMIT THEME – “IT’S ALL ABOUT AGING”

 

 

Why The Extension Of MO Rx Is Important


Monday, February 17th, 2014

The MO Rx plan covers 50% of the out of pocket costs for low-income, Medicare Part D eligible Missourians.

It covers only those participants with incomes below $21,660 for a single person or $29,140 for a married couple.

By supplementing the cost to lower income seniors and people with disabilities, the program helps to ensure that people can stay in their communities where they have access to their churches, families and support system, which helps reduce costs to Missouri’s social, health and senior services.

MO Rx also helps seniors and people with disabilities stay in their homes, where they want to be, for as long as possible.

MO Rx is one of the tools the State of Missouri uses to lower costs and provide the most appropriate services in the most appropriate setting.  It has the benefit of improving quality of life while providing a cost savings to the state.  MO Rx is a true win-win.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE CLICK HERE.

 

 

Still Time To Enroll For Health Insurance – Key Dates


Monday, January 13th, 2014

If you were not able to enroll in a new health insurance plan before the New Year – don’t worry – you still have time. The Open Enrollment period for plans offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace will continue until March 31, 2014. To buy insurance through the Marketplace outside of the enrollment period, you must have a qualifying life event such as marriage, divorce, the birth of a child or the loss of a job. The Obama Administration has also indicated that individuals who begin the enrollment process prior to March 31, 2014 will be given additional time to complete the enrollment process without penalty.

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Here are the key dates you should be aware of:

March 31, 2014 – Open Enrollment ends

November 15, 2014 – New Open Enrollment period begins

February 15, 2015 – 2015 Open enrollment will end

Don’t wait – Sign up today.

Need Help? Click here for an interactive map of Health Insurance Marketplace services near you.

 

Use these links to learn more about:

2014 open enrollment

2015 open enrollment

Medicaid & CHIP enrollment

Enrollment for small businesses

Missouri Reports Increase In Enrollments In New Health Insurance Exchange


Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

St. Louis Business Journal - More than 4,100 Missourians had picked a health insurance plan through healthcare.gov by the end of November. That’s more than five times the amount of individuals who picked a plan during the website’s first month of the operation, October.

Overall, across the U.S., 364,682 individuals have picked a health insurance plan through healthcare.gov, while more than 803,000 across the U.S. have been deemed eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.

As a result, roughly 1.2 million Americans have gained access to health care because of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

FOR THE COMPLETE STORY, PLEASE VISIT THE ST. LOUIS BUSINESS JOURNAL BY CLICKING HERE.