Thursday, October 03, 2013

MU Extension Offering Information Sessions in the Ozarks on Affordable Care Act

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

SPRINGFIELD, 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.

MU Extension specialists in the Ozarks are offering several informational sessions about the new health care law that are designed to help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities.

The following is a list of the currently scheduled sessions organized by city.

Springfield: Oct 14- Habitat for Humanity, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., Registration: Contact Emily Keller at 417-829-4001 ext. 114 to RSVP.  Adults only please, no childcare will be provided. This class size is limited to 30 attendees.

Branson: Nov 12, Taney OACAC, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., registration: (417) 239-1882; and Nov 14, SW Center for Independent Living, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., registration: (417) 886-1188.

Branson West: Oct 24, Stone OACAC, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., registration: (417) 272-8508.

Carthage: Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. (location not confirmed), registration:  417/358-2158.

Joplin: Oct. 22 or 24 (location not confirmed), 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., registration:  417/358-2158.

Lamar: October 15th - Barton County Extension office- Finley room 6 p.m. -- 7:30 p.m., registration: 417-682-3579.

An updated list of classes that are already scheduled can be found online at

These informational sessions are 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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