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Planned Parenthood Offers Help with ACA Enrollment

Planned Parenthood is part of the Cover Missouri coalition offering free health insurance enrollment assistance. Credit: Ann Wade
Planned Parenthood is part of the Cover Missouri coalition offering free health insurance enrollment assistance. Credit: Ann Wade
November 12, 2015

ST. LOUIS – An estimated 10 million Americans are expected to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the current open enrollment window, and one organization wants to make sure Missourians get the help they need with the process.

Laura Burbank, ACA projects manager for Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, says the organization has always offered free, one-on-one enrollment assistance with trained application counselors.

She says help is there for Planned Parenthood's patients and the general public alike, because many of the services offered through the ACA are aligned with the organization's mission.

"Here at Planned Parenthood where 90 percent of our services are preventive, having that insurance through the marketplace means that you can come in here and get free birth control, or you can get your free annual exam," she states.

Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31, but those looking for coverage to begin in January must enroll by Dec. 15.

Anyone looking to schedule an appointment for enrollment assistance should call the Planned Parenthood office.

Burbank says whether you're going to be insured for the first time, you're re-enrolling or you simply want to make sure you've made a decision that fits your health and financial needs, it can be beneficial to talk through the details with a licensed assister.

"Even just understanding the difference between things like ‘deductible’ and ‘co-pay’ and 'maximum out of pocket' – those are terms that are all over the healthcare.gov website," she points out.

During last year's open enrollment, more than 250,000 Missourians signed up for marketplace health insurance plans, or re-enrolled in their plan.

Planned Parenthood is part of the Cover Missouri coalition working to reduce the number of uninsured people statewide.



Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO