More People Still Eligible For Health Care Coverage


Health-Insurance-Marketplace-logo-modified-300x81Wow. The second Marketplace open enrollment period has ended and Missouri continues to defy expectations. We now know that 253,969 Missourians enrolled in health insurance through the Marketplace – an unbelievable 60 percent increase over the amazing number achieved during the first open enrollment period. That is indeed cause for celebration, as we take a large step closer to achieving our goal of reducing the number of uninsured Missourians to less than 5 percent.

These numbers are a reflection of the hard work of so many Missourians – so many of you – who have played a role through education, outreach, enrollment assistance and other efforts.

We have come a long way, and we have done it our way. Missouri took a nontraditional, but proven, approach toward coalition building and applied it to the Affordable Care Act, with phenomenal success. And now we need to keep up that approach. Finding nontraditional partners will be key to continuing our success and ability to help as many Missourians as possible receive health insurance.

The special enrollment period (SEP) from March 15 – April 30 is a great time to start building new partnerships. This SEP is available for people who are subject to a tax penalty in 2014 resulting from not having health insurance. By working with tax preparers in your communities, and spreading the word about this enrollment opportunity as broadly as possible, you can help these individuals gain insurance coverage and avoid a future penalty.

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