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20K St. Louisans Eligible for Affordable Care Act Plans, Government Estimates

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CBS St. Louis (con't)

Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSStL.com/ACA

Health News & Information: CBSStL.com/Health

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Beginning Tuesday, those eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act can begin signing up.

The federal government estimates around 20,000 residents in the City of St. Louis who don’t have insurance will be able to get coverage through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace. They are people who are generally not eligible for Medicaid and don’t earn enough money to pay for health care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that in St. Louis a family of four earning $50,000 would pay $32 each month for the lowest premium coverage plan.

St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker says many don’t know their options so the city will hold two public sessions per week to help people understand them.

Mayor Francis Slay says that even with the new health care plan that is available, Missouri still needs to expand and reform Medicaid.

Coverage begins the first of next year but open enrollment for all plans will continue through March 31.

Uninsured Americans who choose not to get the coverage will be fined $95 in 2014 or one percent of their household income. In future years, that fine will increase.

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