Health Insurance Marketplace

What is the Health Insurance Marketplace?

The Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace is a website created as part of the Affordable Care Act where you can compare health insurance plans and buy the plan that is right for you. Here you can shop for plans, compare options, see if you qualify for financial assistance and enroll for coverage. The Open Enrollment Period for 2016 coverage is November 1, 2015 - January 31, 2016

For more information, attend one or more of the Columbia Public Library's Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace presentations. This four-part series of presentations by local assisting agencies will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, Oct. 5, Oct. 12 and Oct. 15.

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How to Enroll Online

  • Open enrollment begins November 1, 2015
  • Visit or
  • Create an account
  • Fill out the application. You will need:
    • Address
    • Name, birth dates, age and Social Security Number for anyone applying
    • Income information for anyone applying
    • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering household members
    • Information about any employer-offered coverage, even if you have opted out
  • Compare plan options
  • Pick the plan that best meets your needs

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Other Ways to Enroll

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Getting Help

At the Columbia Public Library

The following local organizations can provide in-person help. These organizations have trained staff who can answer questions and help you fill out your application.

Boone County
  • Central MO Area Agency on Aging
    1121 Business Loop 70 East, Suite 2A, Columbia
    Call 573-443-5823 to set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance. Persons do not need to be 60 and older. This service is open to all uninsured individuals and families.
  • Central Missouri Community Action
    Call 855-612-2259 toll free for assistance.
  • Family Health Center
    1001 W. Worley, Columbia
    Call 573–886–6790 to set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance.
  • Missouri Kidney Program
    AP Green Building - Suite 111 201 Business Loop 70 West Columbia, MO
    Call 573-882-2506 or 800-733-7345 to set up an appointment for one-on-one assistance.
  • Primaris Foundation
    200 N. Keene Street, Columbia
    Call 573-817-8338 to schedule individual assistance.
Callaway County

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Forms and More Information

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