Monday, March 03, 2014

Neosho Program March 11 Entitled, “Affordable Care Act: What Individuals Need to Know”

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

NEOSHO, 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., March 11 in the Newton County University of Missouri Extension Center, Smith Hall, Crowder College campus, 601 Laclede, Neosho.

The session is free and open to the public. It 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.

For more information, contact the Newton County Extension Center at (417) 455-9500.

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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