Affordable Care Act enrollment period begins November 1st

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Recent news may have some consumers confused about the status of the Affordable Care Act, also known to many as “Obamacare.”

The Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance.

Brenda Procter, co-director of University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative says Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still open to consumers who want to shop for a plan. She noted most consumers qualify for financial help to lower their costs. Health insurance plans are available in all counties in Missouri.

However, this year’s open enrollment period is half as long as it had been during the previous four years. Procter said Missourians only have six weeks to sign up for a 2018 plan, from November 1st to Dec. 15th, with coverage beginning January 1st, 2018.

Through the Health Insurance Education Initiative, MU Extension offers free workshops for consumers and for professionals who offer insurance assistance to consumers. Workshops present the facts in a politically neutral environment to help participants understand and comply with current law, learn how to explore all available options, gain skills to make the best decision for themselves and their families, and identify nearby sources of enrollment assistance.