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Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Nov. 1 for Enrollment

Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Nov. 1 for Enrollment

Cover Missouri Coalition offers In-Person Help for Uninsured Missourians during Launch Week Events

November 1 marks the launch of the third open enrollment period of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, where uninsured Missourians can access quality, affordable health coverage options. To help prepare and encourage consumers to enroll, the Cover Missouri Coalition is working across south central Missouri and statewide to host several launch week education and enrollment events.

Through launch week activities in south central Missouri consumers can learn more about using the Missouri Marketplace, get in-person help enrolling and learn about cost-sharing reductions and tax credits that can lower their health insurance costs.

The Cover Missouri Coalition is hoping to reach even more uninsured Missourians in the third open enrollment in the Marketplace and is encouraging consumers to re-enroll in quality health coverage.

“Last year, nearly 254,000 Missourians – roughly 40 percent of Missouri’s potential Marketplace population – enrolled in Marketplace plans, which tells us that there is an opportunity for more to enroll,” said Dewayne Cook, Consumer Assistance Counselor at Ozarks Medical Center.

In south central Missouri, Cover Missouri members are hosting the following launch week education and enrollment events:

  • Tuesday, November 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Oregon County Library, 121 North 2nd Street, Thayer
  • Monday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., OMC Shannon County Medical Clinic, 1008 N. Hwy 19, Winona
  • Thursday, November 19, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Ozark County Health Department, 304 3rd Street, Gainesville
  • Wednesday, November 25, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., OMC Mountain Grove Medical Complex, 500 E. 19th Street, Mountain Grove

If you are unable to attend one of these events, you can call 1-888-257-8389 to reach a local enrollment counselor at Ozarks Medical Center. Additional event listings can be found at covermissouri.org.

“We encourage all Missourians to take advantage of launch week activities in south central Missouri to get the tools they need to understand their options in the Marketplace and make informed choices about their coverage,” Cook said. “This is an opportunity to get ahead of planning for next year’s health coverage, and we will have Certified Application ready to help consumers find their best plan option, free of charge.”

For more information on health care options or to learn more about Cover Missouri, please visit healthcare.gov and covermissouri.org.


Cover Missouri is a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health to promote quality, affordable health coverage for every Missourian. The Cover Missouri Coalition aims to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years. Members work to build awareness, facilitate enrollment, increase health insurance literacy and support Medicaid transformation. Coalition members will also share learning and best practices, maximize resources, identify challenges and opportunities and build an inclusive plan to insure Missourians. For more information on the Marketplace, please visit covermissouri.org.


Missouri Foundation for Health is a resource for the region, working with communities and nonprofits to generate and accelerate positive changes in health. To learn more, please visit mffh.org.


Ozarks Medical Center is a system of care encompassing a 114-bed acute care hospital, 8 primary care and 15 specialty clinics, along with complete rehabilitation and home care services. OMC is a not-for-profit medical referral center with over 1100 employees, serving an 8-county area in south central Missouri and north central Arkansas. OMC received a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to offer guidance to consumers signing up for health insurance through the Missouri Marketplace. At OMC, Consumer Assistance Counselor Dewayne Cook assists individuals with navigating the marketplace. Individuals may receive in person assistance at OMC in the Patient Accounts Center, located in Parkway Center at the corner of Alaska Avenue and Eighth Street. To learn more information or to set up an appointment, contact Cook at 1-888-257-8389. Drop-ins are also welcome.

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