HCC is an approved Certified Application Counselor (CAC) organization for the Health Insurance Marketplace. We provide solid, factual information about the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace. Our goal is to equip the communities we serve with information to make sound decisions about health care insurance options.
What follows are several documents that provide talking points to help you engage community members and assist with enrollment efforts.
Talking points for general public and ACA assisters (Word 13.9 KB)
Press release about enrollment deadline and talking points to promote an ACA enrollment event (Word 14.2 KB)
Press release about enrollment deadline and talking points to promote an ACA enrollment event (Spanish) (Word 16.2 KB)
Media Advisory for ACA Enrollment Event (Word 14.9 KB)
Media Advisory (two days or one day out) to Host ACA Enrollment Event (Word 13.7 KB)
Just the Facts: ACA Repeal Efforts (PDF 798.7 KB)
2017 Open Enrollment: November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017
HCC Helps Consumers Enroll in ACA Marketplace (Download article)
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace is once again open for business. Open enrollment runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Missouri operates a Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM) at HealthCare.gov. The Marketplace allows individuals and families the option to purchase insurance and potentially receive discounts. Those who qualify can receive tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies to reduce out-of-pocket costs. Individuals who don’t shop on the Marketplace will not be eligible for these tax credits or subsidies. Low income families and individuals with household incomes below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) will receive an exemption and will not have to purchase insurance. However, individuals and families at or above 100 percent FPL who don’t purchase insurance may be penalized.
Help for Consumers
Consumers may shop for plans, enroll or re-enroll in a plan at HealthCare.gov.
Remember: Plans for 2016 will end December 31, 2016. Consumers have until December 15, 2016 to purchase insurance for an effective date of January 1, 2017.
Free, in-person assistance is available to help insurers navigate the Marketplace. This includes help with changing insurers, plan options and finances. Certified assisters will also help consumers re-enroll for 2017. CoverMissouri.org provides a Find Local Help tool and call center at 1.800.466.3213.
Spanish consumers may call 1.855.284.3236. The site also provides a Plan Comparison Tool, as well as many resources to educate consumers about ACA.
Help Close to Home
For those looking for local support, contact Iva Eggert at 1.877.344.3572. She serves as the Marketplace coordinator for Lexington, Mo.-based Health Care Collaborative (HCC) of Rural Missouri. Additionally, enrollment support for Medicare and Medicaid is available for those who qualify.
Helpful Resources from CoverMissouri.org:
Tax credits for indiviudals and families
Tax credits for small businesses
Coverage basics for individuals
Coverage basics for small businesses
Compare Costs (individuals and families)
What is the penalty if I don't have health insurance.
Get local help (individuals and families)
Get local help (small businesses)
Helpful tools and cost calculators
Contact us to find out if you are eligible.
We also provide assistance with Medicaid and Medicare enrollment. For eligibility and enrollment assistance, contact Iva Eggert at 1.877.344.3572. HCC provides services to everyone regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or religion.