Thursday, February 13, 2014

Extension Program in Branson Feb. 24 Provides Unbiased Education About Health Insurance and Affordable Care Act

Contact: Nellie Lamers, family financial education specialist
Headquartered in Taney County
Tel: (417) 546-4431
FORSYTH, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension office in Taney County is offering information about the Affordable Care Act that can help families, individuals and businesses understand their options and responsibilities. 
The next session in Taney County will be presented by Nellie Lamers, a University of Missouri Extension family financial education specialist, on Monday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Taney County OACAC Neighborhood Center, 610 S. 6th Street, Branson. In order to register for this program, call (417)-239-1882.
The program 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 that lists upcoming events.
“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.
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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