The Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance.

The Affordable Care Act (sometimes referred to as Obamacare) remains the law of the land, requiring most Americans to have health insurance.

The enrollment period for 2017 is only six weeks long, from Wednesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Dec. 15. Health coverage starts Jan. 1, 2018.

The Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace is available to shop for an affordable plan that meets your family's needs and to see if you qualify for financial help. If you meet certain income rules, you may be able to lower your health costs through a tax credit to lower your monthly premium or out-of-pocket spending on health care services like co-pays. If you do not have health insurance, you may face large penalties when you file your 2017 taxes.

Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) has Certified Application Counselors that can help you through the process at no charge. Call (573) 221-2285 and make an appointment to discuss your families’ health insurance needs. Staff members will offer free assistance in Marion, Ralls, Pike, Lewis and Clark counties.

If you currently have insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, F.A.C.T. strongly encourages you to make an appointment to update your account’s information. This will ensure your tax credits are current and that the health insurance policy you choose is the best fit for your health needs. Appointments will fill quickly, so please do not delay in making your appointment to meet with an application counselor. Call 573-221-2285.