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Gardner Hosts Event At STLCC-Forest Park to Help People Understand Health Insurance Marketplace

October 02, 2013

Mo. Rep. Kimberly Gardner (D-77th District), Mo. Rep. Joshua Peters (D-76th District) and U.S. Congressman Lacy Clay Jr. (D-1st District) will be on and to help people understand the Health Insurance Marketplace – whether insured or uninsured -- at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park on Saturday, Oct. 5.

This "Health Insurance Exchange Kickoff Rally" is slated 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Café East (Student Center), 5600 Oakland Ave. 

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Mo. Rep. Kim Gardner

People will be able to explore choices, find coverage that is right for them, and enroll on site with licensed health-care professionals, now that the open-enrollment period provided for in the Affordable Care Act has begun.

“As a member of the Health Care Insurance Committee, I believe it is imperative that there are opportunities available for residents of St. Louis, and in fact our entire state, to learn and gather information about the Health Insurance Marketplace,” Gardner said.

At the rally, knowledgeable and trained professionals from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Missouri Foundation for Health, Saint Louis University Law School and Grace Hill Health Centers will be available to provide information and answer questions relating to the marketplace.

“There is a cloud of ambiguity hovering over every piece of recent health-care legislation, and that should not be the case,” Gardner said. “Right here in St. Louis, we have a wealth of knowledgeable resources equipped to answer the difficult questions and help our communities understand the new health insurance laws and offerings.”

Gardner said they wanted to provide a resource for individuals and families who are unable to qualify or afford health care because of pre-existing conditions, or are unsatisfied with the quality of insurance provided with employer-sponsored policies, or have never considered acquiring health insurance because it was unaffordable.

“Providing a resource is important to me,” Gardner said.

Those who wish to enroll Saturday at the rally will be able to do so, assisted by licensed navigators.