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SOURCE Missouri Foundation for Health

Enrollment exceeded Federal predictions by 29%, Missouri ranked 14th in total number of enrollees

Greater-than-expected numbers more than doubled in March, capping off successful education and enrollment push by Cover Missouri Coalition

ST. LOUIS, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The United States Department of Health and Human Services today released new data indicating 152,335 people have enrolled in Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace plans, capping off a highly successful seven-month education and enrollment push by Cover Missouri, a 450 member coalition created by the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH). The coalition includes health systems, providers, social service organizations, universities, safety net clinics, and insurance brokers and agents.  A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Report issued in September 2013 projected enrollment for Missouri would be 118,000, but numbers far exceeded expectations. Only 13 states, including state and federal run exchanges, enrolled more people than Missouri.

"Since late August, Cover Missouri Coalition members have worked tirelessly throughout the state to ensure Missourians have access to accurate information about their Marketplace health plan options and assistance with enrolling," said Ryan Barker, vice president of Health Policy at Missouri Foundation for Health. "We are beyond pleased with the Coalition's efforts in helping so many people get health coverage that will allow them to access needed health services. We are thrilled to have achieved 129% of the federal goal set for Missouri."

During the past seven months, Cover Missouri members have hosted hundreds of free education and enrollment events, distributed informational materials and offered extended office hours for Certified Application Counselors (CACs) and Navigators to help address information gaps and dispel myths. In March alone, the Coalition hosted nearly 200 events to educate Missourians on the Marketplace and help them enroll.  Their efforts clearly paid off with Missouri enrollment numbers more than doubling from just 75,000 in the last 30 days to sign up for coverage.

"The momentum gained during the enrollment period for the marketplace is tremendously encouraging," Barker said. "While decreasing that rate to less than 5 percent in five years is bold, the newly released numbers indicate we've taken a big step toward meeting that goal."

With special enrollment periods for those with qualifying "life events" underway, Cover Missouri continues offering free assistance to Missourians who are completing their applications. To learn more about the Cover Missouri Coalition and its activities – and to get factual information about the Missouri Marketplace – visit www.covermissouri.org.

ABOUT COVER MISSOURI COALITION
Cover Missouri is a coalition formed to promote quality, affordable health coverage for every Missourian. The Cover Missouri Coalition aims to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years. Members work to build awareness, facilitate enrollment, increase health insurance literacy, and support Medicaid transformation. Coalition members will also share learning and best practices, maximize resources, identify challenges and opportunities, and build an inclusive plan to insure Missourians. For more information, please visit www.covermissouri.org.

ABOUT MISSOURI FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH
The Missouri Foundation for Health is an independent philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health of people in our region. The Foundation works as a changemaker, educator, and partner to promote community health and increase access to care for the uninsured and underserved.

For more information about Missouri Foundation for Health, please visit www.mffh.org.

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