Open Enrollment for the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2017. Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach is a participating provider in Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, the only insurance network offering exchange health plans to central Missouri residents during 2017 and 2018.
The plans are categorized — bronze, silver, gold and platinum — based on the percent of costs shared by the plan and the enrollee. However, no platinum plans are offered in central Missouri for 2018.
To help lake-area residents choose the right level of coverage, Lake Regional Hospital is partnering with the health care consulting firm Primaris to provide free enrollment assistance sessions each Wednesday throughout the Open Enrollment period. To make an appointment with Lena Green, a Primaris insurance counselor, call 1.800.735.6776, ext. 196. For additional assistance at Lake Regional Hospital, contact Robyn Wheeler at 573.348.8337 or Sally Burke at 573.348.8032.
During Open Enrollment, Missourians can enroll, renew or change plans at www.healthcare.gov. Friday, Dec. 15, is the deadline to enroll or change plans for coverage to begin Jan. 1, 2018.