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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If you are one of the 800,000 Missourians without health insurance, October 1 is an important date.

That’s the day the enrollment process starts for the Affordable Care Act. Last year, Missourians overwhelming voted not to engage, as a state, in the health insurance exchange, meaning the federal government will run the Missouri exchange.

“There isn’t currently a lot of information available for Missourians about the mechanics of that exchange,” Missouri Hospital Association spokesman Dave Dillan says. “We’re calling it a marketplace.”

Individuals who create an account at the website HealthCare.gov will be notified when changes occur. For local updates, EnrollMissouri.org is recommended.

“We expect in the coming weeks that the federal government will start announcing what providers will be available for Missourians and continue to provide information about the mechanics of how an individual can qualify for subsidies under the health care marketplace, as well as how to apply,” Dillan says.

Portions of the law go into effect January 1, 2014. Dillan attributes a lot of the unanswered questions to uncertainty over the Affordable Care Act’s future in Congress.

“Is it frustrating? Certainly, because we need this to work.”

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