MA4 Named As Health Insurance Navigator Organization For 2016

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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 third straight year. “The exciting news about this award is that it is for three years allowing added continuity in the service we provide Missourians,” said Edwards. 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, 253,000 Missourians chose health insurance options offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace,” said Edwards. “While many people accessed the Marketplace online at www.HealthCare.gov, others selecting health insurance coverage for the first time benefitted from the in-person service our team of trained Navigators was able to provide.”

Alongside its Navigator work, ma4 has been active in the Cover Missouri Coalition, with 725 member organizations seeking to reduce the number of uninsured Missourians, build awareness, assist with enrollment, increase health insurance literacy, and support Medicaid transformation.

Ma4 has already brought over $1.7 million into Missouri, creating opportunities to help Missourians gain health insurance.

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 2016 will begin this year on November 1.

“We are able to provide over 70 navigators through our network who are prepared to help with 2016 enrollment once details for the 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.

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