No Answers On Cost Until Health Care Exchanges Open

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal
Photo courtesy of St. Louis Business Journal

Missouri consumers wanting to know who will sell them insurance and at what cost through the health reform law’s online marketplace system won’t have answers until Oct. 1, the day the program begins taking applications. The regional administrator of the federal health department said the agency had been working since May with insurers that want to participate in the program. Meanwhile, groups in Missouri are revving up to educate consumers about using the marketplace to buy insurance. The Department of Health and Human Services and the Missouri Foundation for Health have both made grants to put workers on the ground to assist people needing health insurance. The workers are called navigators or certified application counselors. They are being trained to answer consumer questions and help them get enrolled. Although most people eligible for the program can enroll as late as March 31 of next year, Missouri residents who are eligible for Medicaid will be able to enroll at any time.

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