There's Still Time to Sign up for Health Insurance Coverage: PBRMC can Help

Poplar Bluff, MO (February 12, 2014 – If you’re uninsured, there’s still time to sign up for health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and avoid the penalty.

The Affordable Care Act requires that most Americans obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a tax penalty. The penalty will be applied to your annual taxable income for each month you don't have health insurance after March 31, 2014, the last day to enroll.

Based on household income and dependents, you may be eligible for health insurance coverage at no cost through Medicaid. Or, you may be eligible for new health insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace – and financial help from the government towards the cost of premiums may be available.

 “This is where Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center can help the uninsured in our community,” said Ken James, Market CEO for PBRMC and the Southeast Missouri region.  “With many people lacking access to a computer or just need help maneuvering through the enrollment website, our application counselors can help. We can assist individuals and their families in evaluating the available health plans and determine if they’re eligible for Medicaid or other insurance options. To make an appointment for sign-up help, call (573) 776-9070.”

Health Plans on Health Insurance Marketplaces
All health plans on the Marketplace must offer a comprehensive set of benefits, and individuals cannot be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition. Some of the available health benefits include preventive care and wellness services, doctor visits, prescription drugs, hospital and emergency department care, lab services, pediatric services – and more.

Medicaid Expansion
“Even though Missouri has chosen not to expand Medicaid, there are still many individuals in our community who qualify for Medicaid coverage,” explained James.  “We can help screen these individuals and if they qualify, we can enroll them at any time, with health coverage beginning immediately.”

About Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center

Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center is located in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and considered a regional medical hub for Butler County and seven other surrounding counties. PBRMC opened a new $173 million hospital campus in January 2013. The medical center employs more than 1,250 employees, making it the largest employer in the community. PBRMC continually strives toward its mission to provide passionate, quality-focused patient care.