The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging (ma4) has received a grant through the Department of Health and Human Services to help individuals understand and access health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act. Ma4 is comprised of 10 area agencies on aging; Care Connection for Aging Services is the local affiliate.
The grant establishes a network of Navigators that will receive training about the health care insurance options available through the exchanges and must successfully pass a federal certification examination to provide this assistance. The network will be prepared to assist individuals with questions regarding the new health care insurance options by October 2, 2013, when enrollment officially begins.
Care Connection will have Navigators available throughout the 13-county service region. During its 40 years of service to the community, Care Connection has focused services and outreach to the senior population, however, Navigator services will be available to all individuals, regardless of age or income.
Additional details regarding the program and its implementation will be made available throughout the month of September and is available on the ma4 statewide website (www.ma4web.org) or by calling Care Connection at 1-800-748-7826.