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

January 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.

Need Help With The Health Insurance Exchange? Interactive Map Available For Local Services


Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

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New resources are available to help individuals who could benefit from health insurance coverage through the new Health Insurance Marketplace. If you need help on a localized level – we can help.

CLICK HERE  to view an interactive map of Missouri that can direct you to people who can help you every step of the way.

Or, CLICK HERE to find other options that may suit your specific situation.

Thank you for checking in. And let us know how we can help you better.

 

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Deadline Extended to December 23


Sunday, November 24th, 2013

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.

Here are the key dates you should be aware of:

March 31, 2014 – Open Enrollment ends

November 15, 2014 – New Open Enrollment period begins

January 15, 2015 – 2015 Open enrollment will end

Don’t wait – Sign up today.

 

Use these links to learn more about:

 

2014 open enrollment

 

2015 open enrollment

 

Medicaid & CHIP enrollment

 

Enrollment for small businesses

 

Flu Season Is Here – Vaccinations Now Available


Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Staying healthy can sometimes be a challenge, especially during the flu season.

Flu vaccination is especially important for individuals who are at higher risk for serious flu complications, and this includes people 65 years of age and older and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

The flu can pose a serious risk to an individual’s health.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that every year, the flu is responsible for more than 200,000 hospitalizations and an average of 36,000 deaths nationwide.

By getting a flu vaccine now, individuals are not only protecting themselves from the flu, but are less likely to spread the virus to family members, co-workers and others.  The flu vaccine is readily available this season in all communities.

Contact your doctor or visit mo.gov to find a clinic near you.

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE FACT SHEET ABOUT FLU VACCINATIONS.  This information and other resources developed by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services are available to you at no cost and can be ordered at health.mo.gov/immunizations or by calling 573.751.6124.

Pay Attention To Details In Medicare Part D Plans


Monday, October 21st, 2013

Kaiser Health News – The seven-week enrollment period for next year’s Medicare prescription drug and managed-care plans begins Tuesday, but seniors shouldn’t simply renew their policies and assume the current coverage will stay the same.  There’s a likely payoff for those who pay close attention to the details.

Among the top ten most popular drug policies, monthly premiums for 2014 are changing dramatically — up 55 percent for one AARP UnitedHealth plan and down 38 percent for another from Wellcare, according to a recent study by Avalere Health, a Washington, D.C., health research firm.

In addition, the second-most popular plan, SilverScript Basic, is now off  limits to new members until Medicare officials are satisfied that the plan’s nearly 2.9  million beneficiaries can fill prescriptions without encountering problems. The company will not be able to resolve these issues before the end of this enrollment season, spokeswoman Christine Cramer, said in an e-mail. (Current members are allowed to stay if they wish.)

About 22.7 million people, or 43 percent of Medicare’s 52 million beneficiaries, are enrolled in these drug policies, also known as Part D plans.

FOR THE COMPLETE STORY, PLEASE VISIT THE KAISER HEALTH NEWS SITE BY CLICKING HERE.

Additional Help For New Health Insurance Marketplace Customers


Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Every day we hear from people like you who are excited to apply for coverage and compare plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace. We’re listening to your feedback and are working hard to continue making improvements to our website, so you can get the coverage you need.

Get Marketplace plan and price information in your area

Many of you have asked to see what is available in your area before you create an account and apply for coverage. We’ve heard you and this week, we launched a new tool that makes it easy to see the health and dental plans that are available where you live.

First, use this calculator to find out if you qualify for lower costs on coverage.

After you calculate your savings, try our new tool to preview Marketplace plans and prices.

The prices shown on this tool don’t reflect the lower costs most people may qualify for based on household size and income.

Households with yearly incomes up to about $46,000 for individuals or $94,000 for a family of 4 may qualify.

Final price quotes based on your individual circumstances are available only after you complete a Marketplace application. If you need help with your application, you can contact the 24/7 call center.

You have time to apply, compare plans, and enroll

Remember you have until December 15 to sign up for health coverage that will start January 1, 2014. And you’ve got 170 days left to get covered – the Open Enrollment period runs until March 31, 2014.

 

 

 

New Health Insurance Estimator Tool Available


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Want to get a sense of how much a typical insurance plan offered through the new Health Insurance Marketplace may cost? Want to see what it costs in other states? This comprehensive document can provide you with a range of costs for individuals and families in all parts of Missouri – and in other states.

Prices shown in this chart do not include any subsidies or tax credits that may be available to offset premiums.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE DOCUMENT.