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5 Points To Keep In Mind When Shopping For Health Insurance This Year

Oct 31, 2017

Open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance starts Wednesday and ends Dec. 15. That means there are only 45 days to shop for coverage. The shorter enrollment period this year is just one of the changes to the process for buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Here are five important factors to keep in mind if you plan to sign up for ACA coverage for 2018.

1. The health law has not been repealed.

Despite the efforts of President Trump and the Republican-led Congress, the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land.

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Less than a month into the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period, there are some questions, but nowhere near the problems that were seen a year ago at this time.

“Compared to last year, it is going much smoother. The first day, about 500,000 people logged on and 100,000 people actually signed up for coverage, compared to last year when it took us over a month to get the website working,” said Sidney Watson, a Saint Louis University Health Law Policy Center professor.

Nanette Hegamin

The first open enrollment period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31, and individuals who don’t have insurance by that deadline could face penalties.

Joining us to discuss enrollment, the deadline, and those penalties were three guests who are experts on what the Affordable Care Act provisions mean for Missourians:

Missouri To Let Insurers Renew Canceled Health Policies

Nov 21, 2013
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Missouri will allow health insurance companies to continue offering policies that otherwise would have been canceled under the terms of the new federal health care law.

Gov. Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will let insurers sell individual and small-group policies in 2014 that were to be canceled because they didn't meet federal coverage requirements taking effect next year. 

President Obama Speaks On The Affordable Care Act

Nov 14, 2013
via White House video stream

This event has concluded, thank you for joining us.

President Obama is addressed the nation this morning regarding the Affordable Care Act. Thanks for joining us live on-air at 90.7 FM and streaming online.

McCaskill Says Insurance Cancellations Under Obamacare 'Inexcusable, Embarrassing'

Nov 13, 2013

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill said today that President Obama should’ve apologized to the millions of Americans whose health insurance was canceled because it failed to meet Affordable Care Act requirements.

“These problems are inexcusable, and it’s embarrassing,” McCaskill said. 

McCaskill’s comments follow remarks made yesterday by former President Bill Clinton, who said President Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the new insurance law. 

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.
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Missouri Senator Roy Blunt says the federal government's difficulty launching Healthcare.gov this fall is not really what's wrong with the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama's administration has struggled to address a myriad of problems with the site since launching Oct. 1, including users being unable to create accounts and load web pages.

Blunt cautions residents not to consider the website as a measure of whether or not the President's signature health care plan is working.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The adage has it that a camel is a horse that was designed by a committee. Understood thusly, the Affordable Care Act — a.k.a. “Obamacare” — is a steed worthy of Lawrence of Arabia.


Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri is criticizing Republican Senator Ted Cruz's marathon speech on the Affordable Care Act, saying he did it to promote himself.

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) blasted President Obama's (D) Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Wednesday accused some House Republicans of behaving like her misspoken GOP nemesis of 2012 – former Rep. Todd Akin – with their efforts to kill the implementation of Obamacare, even if it forces a government shutdown.

“A group of them have ‘Akin-itis,’ “ McCaskill told reporters during a conference call with reporters.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: More than 600 people packed the auditorium Tuesday night at Maryville University to hear Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones and others lay out, in general, their opposition to Obamacare and their frustration that the federal health insurance law has yet to be killed.

“The effort to defund Obamacare will continue,” Jones said at an event billed as an Obamacare Townhall. It was co-hosted by Americans for Prosperity, a fiscally conservative group, and local radio station 97.1 FM Talk.

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder has lost another round in his battle against President Obama’s federal health care law.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that the Republican Lt. Governor has no legal standing to file suit because the Affordable Care Act poses no immediate threat to Kinder’s legally protected interests.  He filed suit two years ago as an individual, not in his official capacity as Lt. Governor.  The three-judge panel’s ruling did not address the constitutionality of the federal health care law, most of which was upheld last year in a 5-4 ruling by the U-S Supreme Court.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 9, 2012 - The Obama administration's decision that all health plans must cover federally approved contraceptives as of 2013 has touched off a political storm in Missouri, where opponents are framing the issue as an attack on religious freedom.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 9, 2012 - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has "launched a television ad blitz throughout Missouri" that attacks U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., over her support of the federal health insurance changes, dubbed by critics as "Obamacare."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - President Barack Obama took on one of the Republican Party's favorite attack words -- "Obamacare" -- as he sought to rev up supporters and defend his record during a fundraising event tonight at the Renaissance Grand hotel.

"They call it Obamacare? I do care! You should care, too," the president said, according to the pooled press report, igniting cheers in the small ballroom.

Commentary: Oh, 'C,' what we have done

Aug 11, 2010

Oh see, CC Rider, oh see

What you have done...

On a brutally hot Tuesday in early August, about 22.9 percent of Missouri's registered voters went to the polls to deliver their verdict on ObamaCare. For the Democrats on Capitol Hill who'd struggled so valiantly to reform health care, the results were less than encouraging.