In August 2015, Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) announced that ARCHS is part of a new push to help increase awareness among those who remain uninsured. This outreach comes at a critical time, with the next annual enrollment period in the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace set to start on November 1 and continue through January 31.
ARCHS was selected by MFH as one of 15 organization partners in the St. Louis region for a new program – Grassroots Outreach to Maximize Enrollment (GOME). The aim of GOME is to increase enrollment by raising awareness and understanding of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace.
"We're looking forward to our GOME partners joining the cause," said Nancy Kelley, MFH Program Director for Expanding Coverage. "These groups are trusted allies in their communities and they have the ability to break down barriers that have kept some uninsured people from getting covered in the past."
As of February of this year, 253,430 Missourians signed up for coverage through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, with the state ranking 9th for the total number of enrollees. That number broke the inaugural year's record by more than 100,000 people. This success is due, in large part, to the ongoing efforts of MFH's Cover Missouri Coalition and its work to educate and enroll consumers in Marketplace plans.
As part of GOME, the 15 St. Louis organizations will join with 23 other GOME grantees across the state to become members of this growing Coalition that ensures Missouri's uninsured rate continues to fall. Cover Missouri aims to reduce the state's uninsured rate to below five percent in the first five years of Affordable Care Act implementation.