UCM to Host Affordable Health Care Act-Health Insurance Enrollment Fair
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Jan. 30, 2014) – In cooperation with community partners, the University of Central Missouri will host the Affordable Health Care Act – Health Insurance Enrollment Fair 3 to7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the James C. Kirkpatrick Library, located at the corner of Maguire and Clark streets, Warrensburg. The fair is free and open to the local community, and an opportunity for helpful information prior to the fair is also available 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 at Kirkpatrick Library.
One important goal for the fair is to help people understand their new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In compliance with federal law, most Americans will be required to obtain insurance this year. The law offers government programs or subsidized private policies for many people with low to moderate incomes.
Rick Dixon, UCM director of Human Resources, said the university is pleased to host these upcoming enrollment sessions. He added, “Through the Affordable Care Act, uninsured or underinsured individuals, regardless of their health status, could have access to health insurance. But learning about the options and getting signed up can be a difficult process.”
In order to help individuals understand their choices and assist them with the sign-up process, computers labs at the fair will be staffed by trained professionals from Care Connection for Aging Service, Katy Trail Community Health, and the Health Coalition of Rural Missouri. Bilingual staff members also will be available to help answer questions and assist in enrollment. This enrollment fair will provide individuals with detailed information about each Marketplace health insurance plan offered in Missouri and can help determine eligibility for Marketplace subsidies.
Prior to the enrollment fair, an information session is planned Feb. 6 at Kirkpatrick Library to explain how the Affordable Care Act works, provide more details about the enrollment process, and information about documents that individuals must provide when they enroll. Dixon said attendance at the information session is not required, but the session will help individuals prepare for the Thursday or Saturday fair.
In order to complete the enrollment application at the fair, participants must provide the following information:
- Current ID
- Social Security Card
- 2012 Income Tax Returns
- If working, last pay stub
- Every client must have an email address to receive notice of coverage decisions and requests for additional information.
A number of UCM’s community partners have trained their staff in the details necessary to provide assistance to families so they can take advantage of this opportunity.
To learn more about the Affordable Health Care Act – Health Insurance Enrollment Fair, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 660-543-4255 with questions. Anyone who plans to attend the fair should RSVP to Michelle Taylor, UCM Office of Human Resources.