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Heartland groups working to get people insured during open enrollment

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)

Some 150,000 Missourians enrolled in medical coverage through Healthcare.gov last year.

But some say the number that did so in Southeast Missouri is too low.

"The figures are lower in rural areas because it's harder to outreach to these communities," said Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium Inc. community outreach specialist Joey Hayes.

Workers with the not-for-profit family care group are trying to change that.

"We really want to be more proactive this year and get as many people through the marketplace as possible," Hayes said.

That effort took shape Saturday at an event that featured free insurance advice and help signing up.

In second year for the enrollment period mandated under President Obama's Affordable Care Act, officials are hoping people are more open to the new plans.

"With anything new there are concerns and issues,” Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation regional hub manager CJ Smallwood said. "But we're here to help.”

The groups say they can answer questions about Healthcare.gov or the federal financial assistance available to some qualifying families.

"We'll try to get out there as much as we can and get as many people signed up as we can," said Hayes.

Open enrollment runs November 15th to February 15th.

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