Thursday, October 17, 2013

Joplin Program Oct. 22 Entitled, “Affordable Care Act: What Individuals Need to Know”

Contact: Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist
Headquartered in Jasper County
Tel: (417) 358-2158

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Do you have questions about the Affordable Care Act? Are you wondering how the Affordable Care Act will affect you and your community? If so, make plans to attend an informational session about the new health care law that can help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities.

University of Missouri Extension, in partnership with Freeman Health System and Mercy Hospital of Joplin, will host, “Affordable Care Act:  What Individuals Need to Know.” The program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 22 in the Corley Auditorium located in Webster Hall on the Missouri Southern State University campus, 3950 Newman Road in Joplin.

The session is free and open to the public.

While not required, advance registration is recommended.  To register, call the Jasper County Extension Center at (417) 358-2158.

The 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 is 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 is available online at


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