ST. LOUIS -- The City of St. Louis is encouraging uninsured residents to take advantage of the enrollment extension for the Affordable Care Act. The January 31, 2017, enrollment deadline is fast approaching. This year, millions of uninsured Americans have incomes that qualify them for reduced monthly costs on high-quality plans.
The Department of Health is reminding residents that there is still time to get health insurance for 2017.
"We need everyone who is uninsured to enroll before the January 31st deadline," said Melba Moore, acting director and commissioner of health for the City of St. Louis Department of Health. "We are asking everyone to talk to their friends, neighbors, and relatives to make sure they are covered."
Moore said uninsured people receive less medical care, less timely care, have worse health outcomes than the insured, and are faced with financial burdens when they have health concerns that require treatment.
Individuals can get help with enrolling at the following sites in the City of St. Louis:
City of St. Louis Department of Human Services
St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (By Appointment)
1520 Market Street St. Louis, MO 63103
Saint Louis Effort For Aids
1027 S. Vandeventer Ave., Ste. 700
St. Louis, MO 63110
BiLingual International Assistant Services
1329 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Lutheran Senior Services
1150 Hanley Industrial Court
St. Louis, MO 63114
The Affordable Care Act responded to decades of concern among St. Louis residents and among all Americans who were denied coverage for having a pre-existing condition –such as asthma, diabetes or cancer. That meant thousands of hard working families were legally denied coverage by insurance companies and as a result faced an impossible choice, suffer debilitating mental and financial stress or not receive critical care. In addition, under the ACA preventative care became free of cost - including flu shots, cancer screenings, contraception, mammograms, and immunization vaccines;younger St. Louis residents could remain on their parents' health insurance until age 26 and;insurance providers were barred from placing annual or lifetime caps on coverage, meaning residents didn't have to worry about coverage being cut off when they needed it the most.
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