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Expert: Coverage changes require extra caution when choosing Obamacare plan
Nov. 1, 2018 |  KMBZ Radio
People should look closely at all of their options, and they may even save some money, said Jim Torres, health insurance services manager at Samuel Rodgers Health Center in Kansas City.  Read more>>


News release: Marketplace open enrollment starts Nov. 1, and free local help is available.
Consumers shopping for health insurance are encouraged to review options and enroll early. For consumers who need to renew their health insurance — or those without coverage — now is the time to become informed and take action. Open enrollment in the 2019 health insurance marketplace starts Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15.

CoverKC assisters offer free, unbiased enrollment help. Despite several changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), navigators and certified application counselors are still available in the Kansas City metro to help consumers review plan options available through HealthCare.gov, find out if they qualify for financial assistance and navigate the application process. Read more»


Obamacare Enrollment Begins With More Stability In KC Area
Oct. 31, 2018 | Kansas City Star
Last year’s Affordable Care Act open enrollment was tumultuous, with longtime insurers out of the marketplace, new players in and consumers scrambling to figure out who was covering what. This year’s enrollment period, which begins Thursday, promises to be more mundane. Last year’s insurers are back, and Molly Moffett, who heads ACA enrollment efforts for the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, said the premiums are relatively stable too.


Fifth Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment creates confusion
Nov. 1, 2017 | KSHB TV
Wednesday marks the beginning of health care open enrollment, but experts say this year's process brings new challenges. "Some people know, I don't think enough people know," said Molly Moffett, Community Health Council of Wyandotte County. Making Moffett’s job even harder than she thought it would be. "I worry that we're going to get a lot of people this year that fall in the cracks," said Moffett. 


What you need to know if you’re going to sign up for Obamacare this week
Oct. 30, 2017 | by Andy Marso, KC Star
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, starts Wednesday.  With Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City no longer an option, the insurance networks offered are narrower than they used to be when it comes to hospital care and one insurer’s network includes only one hospital system.


Health care enrollment counselors facing stiff challenges
Nov. 2, 2017 | Associated Press
It’s not easy being an advocate for the Affordable Care Act right now. Health care advocacy groups are making an against-all-odds effort to sign people up despite confusion and hostility fostered by Republicans opposed to President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.


Deadline approaches for ACA open enrollment; Swope Health extends hours
Jan. 30, 2017 | KSHB

I decided to call 211, they gave me the phone number and referred me here,” Kansas City resident Brenda Walls said. “I was going to be without health coverage and I know it's very important to have coverage just in case and I just thought that was the right thing to do.”


Kansas City family fears repeal of the Affordable Care Act
Jan. 17, 2017 | KSHB

The Fullers are just adjusting to life with a child who has cystic fibrosis. Emerson Fuller was born Oct. 26, 2015 and diagnosed with the genetic disease three weeks later. Health care costs for their family have gone up dramatically. 


Concerns are raised after Senate takes first steps to repeal Affordable Care Act 
Jan. 12, 2017 | KSHB

As clients come into the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Health Insurance Services Program Manager Jim Torres said he and his co-workers have a conversation with consumers about the future of the ACA.



Wyandotte County continuing to encourage clients to sign up for Affordable Care Act in 2017 
Jan. 4, 2017 | KSHB 

As Republican lawmakers gather on Capitol Hill to discuss repealing the Affordable Care Act, Molly Moffett sits at her Kansas City, Kansas desk. Her job is to reach uninsured Wyandotte County residents and get them enrolled.



For those who count on Obamacare, fear, frustration mount
Nov. 24, 2016 | Kansas City Star

It’s life and death to some people. I mean, this is not a game,” said Jim Torres, the program manager at Rodgers who helps clients sign on. “It gets back to their health, their well-being, their ability to work, to attend school — to just live.



What is the future of Obamacare? 
Nov. 9, 2016 | Kansas City Star

Jim Torres, program manager for health insurance services at Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, says there's been a lot of talk about repealing the Affordable Care Act. “However, there's been very little talk about what it will be replaced with, so it’s business as usual for now,” said Torres.



December 10, 2015 - Channel 41 KSHB

CAC Elizabeth Darr helped Dawn obtain coverage through the Marketplace in 2013. The next year, Dawn found out she had uterine cancer. After a year of treatment, Dawn's cancer is now in remission! Watch Dawn's story here. Read HCF's blogpost.



December 10, 2015 - KYYS 1250AM Radio

Nancy Rios with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hosts a call-in radio program on KYYS 1250AM Radio in Kansas City, Kansas on health insurance enrollment in the federal Marketplace at HealthCare.gov. Joining Nancy on the show are certified application counselors Fabian Gayosso with Swope Health Services and Christian Vargas with KC CARE Clinic.