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Health & Wealth Update
12:44 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Health insurance navigators help Missourians in final days of enrollment period

Layla Earl is a licensed navigator and Managed Care Contract Coordinator for Phelps Regional Medical Center
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With the March 31 enrollment deadline for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act drawing near, healthcare centers across the state have been ramping up efforts to get Missourians signed-up. The group Cover Missouri organized a number of enrollment events across the state earlier this month.

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Politics
5:08 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Federal judge grants injunction against Mo. state navigator law

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A federal judge on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against Missouri's law requiring of a state license to serve as a navigator to help consumers sign up for coverage through the new health insurance marketplace.

An attorney for the St. Louis-based plaintiffs calls the ruling by U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith a "huge victory." Messages seeking comment from state officials were not immediately returned.

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Health & Wealth
9:22 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Success with HealthCare.gov takes patience, persistence

Aaron Swaney helps Jeannie Wyble with her application for insurance through the online health marketplace at Family Health Center on Dec. 5, 2013. Wyble's application was stuck in "in progress" limbo for weeks.
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On an afternoon in early December, 60-year-old Columbia resident Jeannie Wyble sits in a small cubicle at Columbia’s Family Health Center, telling Aaron Swaney, a HealthCare.gov application counselor, about the heart attack she suffered in 2002.

“I quit smoking when I had my heart attack,” Wyble said. “Smoked my last cigarette on the way to the ER, never smoked another one.”

At the time, Wyble was still insured through her husband’s union plan. But after the heart attack, the insurance company began increasing her monthly premium. Wyble says at one point, she had to pay almost $500 a month.

“And then when we found out they were going to jump even more again the following January,” Wyble said. “It was very clear to us that we couldn’t pay my premiums anymore and that mine would just have to be dropped. In effect, [the insurance company] decided to get rid of me, and it worked. They did. They got rid of me.”

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Under the Microscope
5:00 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

With deadline looming, patients sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov

Aaron Swaney helps Jeannie Wyble with her application for insurance through the online health marketplace at Family Health Center on Dec. 5, 2013. Wyble's application was stuck in "in progress" limbo for weeks.
Credit Harum Helmy / KBIA

Consumers who want to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act have until Monday to enroll in a plan that would start on Jan. 1. But HealthCare.gov still has kinks that frustrate many consumers and navigators. KBIA’s Harum Helmy followed one Columbia resident’s journey with the website. 

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Intersection
9:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Navigators: your guide to the Affordable Care Act

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Navigators are federally funded counselors who are trained to help people understand their options under the Affordable Care Act.

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PM Newscasts
5:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Newscast for July 26, 2013

Regional news coverage from the KBIA Newsroom, including:

  • Proposed FY 2014 city budget focuses on safety
  • Health care advocates welcome state regulations for ACA marketplace navigators
  • Mo. House Interim Committee On Downsizing State Govt. Submits Findings To Speaker
Science, Health and Technology
8:21 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Mo. Dept of Insurance makes rules for online health care marketplace "navigators"

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The Missouri Department of Insurance has filed an emergency rule for the licensing of people that will help state residents search for health plans on an online marketplace. Legislation signed this year by Gov. Jay Nixon creates state requirements for the helpers, who are called navigators.

People applying for a state license will need to pass an examination. The cost for applying will be $25 for individuals and $50 for an entity. Licenses will be valid for two years. Requirements for a navigator license will include being age 18 or older, living in Missouri or keeping a business in the state. Those wanting to be navigators also should not have committed any acts that would grounds to refuse an insurance producer license.

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