November 1, 2017

ACA open enrollment begins today

COLUMBIA – Missourians planning to buy or change coverage on the state’s health insurance marketplace have until Dec. 15 to sign up for a 2018 plan, says Brenda Procter, co-director of University of Missouri Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative.

"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—Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017. Coverage starts Jan. 1, 2018.

The Affordable Care Act requires most Americans to have health insurance. Missouri’s health insurance marketplace is still open to consumers who want to shop for a plan, and most consumers qualify for financial help to lower their costs, Procter said. Health insurance plans are available in all counties in Missouri.

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