About the Health Law

The federal health law was created to:
  • Make it easier and more affordable for Americans to get quality health insurance.
  • Improve the quality of health insurance and health care.
  • Increase the focus on preventive care.
While some parts of the law have already started, major parts of the law will take effect in January 2014.

Have questions?

Individuals can call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325) to speak to someone who can help. Small businesses can call 1-800-706-7893 (TTY: 1-800-706-7915).

Or, you can click here to find someone close to you who can help in person.

What does the health law mean for individuals and families?

Under the law, most Americans will be required to have health insurance starting January 1, 2014. There are some exceptions. The Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace is a website where you can compare and buy the insurance plan that fits your needs. You can use the Missouri Marketplace to buy insurance for yourself or your family if you are uninsured or don’t have access to affordable insurance through your job.

The Missouri Marketplace opens on October 1, 2013, with health insurance coverage starting January 1, 2014.

What does the health law mean for small businesses?

As a small business owner, you have access to the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP), a website to compare and buy coverage for your workers. The SHOP Marketplace is open to business with 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees for the first year.

The SHOP Marketplace opens on October 1, 2013, with health insurance coverage starting January 1, 2014.

To learn more about the health law, the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace or SHOP Marketplace, click one of the links below: