Care Connection can help people of all ages enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace

Care Connection has licensed navigators who can provide one-on-one, unbiased information and enrollment help for people interested in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Open enrollment for the 2022 plan year begins Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 15, 2022. To get coverage by Jan. 1, you must apply by Dec. 15.

Care Connection has several navigators who are specifically trained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help consumers, small businesses, and their employees as they look for health coverage options through the Marketplace.  

Licensed navigators help people register on the online Marketplace; compare health plans that are available in Missouri; price coverage; determine whether they would qualify for income tax credits based upon their incomes; and help consumers understand benefits.

Care Connection provides impartial information and services without charge to consumers. The agency does not endorse or sell any particular policy or company.

Since the inception of the federal Health Insurance Marketplace in 2013, Care Connection has offered the service to guide consumers through the application and enrollment.

This year’s enrollment will occur in person and on the phone by appointment, which is available by calling Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.

“The Health Insurance Marketplace enrollment allows us to serve consumers of all ages who want or need to explore their options with health insurance,” said Rona McNally, Director of Special Projects for Care Connection for Aging Services. “Several of our navigators have been working with the Marketplace from the beginning, and each is recertified annually. Under a grant agreement, we provide unbiased information and encourage consumers to select the coverage suited for their families.”

To get ready for the process, you should gather names and birthdates for all people in your household, even those who are not applying. The marketplace application also requires Social Security numbers for everyone, information on how you file your federal income taxes; dependents and employer information for everyone in your household; income, expenses, and deductions of everyone in your household; and health coverage information if anyone in your household already has a health plan.

The service will be provided in all 13 West Central Missouri counties where Care Connection serves in 21 locations. Care Connection is a non-profit area agency on aging that serves Bates, Benton, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Saline, St. Clair, and Vernon counties. Call 1-800-748-7826 to make an appointment for Marketplace enrollment.