Thursday, February 13, 2014

Anderson Program Feb. 25 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, will host, "Affordable Care Act:  What Individuals Need to Know." The program will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 25 in the First Baptist Church, 1 Friendship Lane, Anderson.
The session is free and open to the public. It is part of MU Extension's Health Insurance Education Initiative.  Child care will be available, provided by McDonald County High School students.  Snacks will be provided by the Alliance of Southwest Missouri.

"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.
For more information, contact the McDonald County Extension Center at (417) 223-4775.
For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.
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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