Thursday, October 03, 2013

Informational Session about New Health Care Law in Lamar Oct. 15

Dr. Lydia Kaume, nutrition and health education specialist
Headquartered in Barton County
Tel: (417) 682-3579

LAMAR, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension is reaching out to local communities to help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities under the new Affordable Care Act.

Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Are you asking how the Affordable Care Act will affect you and your community? The Barton County Extension office is offering an informational session about the new health care law that can help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities.

The program runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15 inside the Finley Room at Barton County MU Extension Center, 801 East 12th Street, Lamar, MO. The program is free but advance registration is needed by calling (417) 682-3579. The Informational Session is part of MU Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative.

“The Health Insurance Education Initiative will help Show-Me State citizens understand their health insurance options and learn how to get help in their own communities if they choose to enroll in Missouri’s health insurance marketplace,” said Brenda Procter, associate professor of consumer and family economics for MU Extension.

A new website, at, provides educational materials and links to information. There’s a map of Missouri educators who can provide local workshops and a calendar where you can learn about upcoming events near you.

“The website is a one-stop source for factual, unbiased information about the changes in health insurance that are required by the new law,” Procter said.

MU Extension’s Health Insurance Education Initiative website will also provide resources for the state’s small businesses, including information about tax credits for offering insurance to employees and explanations of rules that might affect their bottom line, she said.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at


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