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Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Begins

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November 1 marked the launch of the third open enrollment period of the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, where uninsured Missourians can access quality, affordable health coverage options.

ARCHS invites the community to become better informed about:
• How to receive in-person help enrolling
• Find the best health plan to cover doctor's visits and prescription drugs
• Calculate tax credits that can lower health insurance costs
• Avoid having to pay a tax penalty.

ARCHS extends this invitation to community, faith-based, and small business leaders, employees in child care and social services industries, those who serve low-income families, and the general public.

The information blitz is sponsored by the Cover Missouri Coalition and extends through the close of open enrollment on January 31.

ARCHS is one of 700+ members of the Cover Missouri Coalition -- a project of the Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) that aims to reduce the rate of uninsured Missourians to less than five percent in the next five years. In August 2015, ARCHS was awarded a grant from MFH as part of a new push to help increase awareness among those who remain uninsured.

For more information on getting covered through the Marketplace, please call 1-800-466-3213 or visit covermissouri.org.

To request a supply of Cover Missouri Coalition educational materials to distribute to your clients, please contact ARCHS.

Preview Educational Materials

Fall 2015 Board News

Brian Dobbins (left), Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Better Health of Missouri and Sherrie Wehner (center), Consultant for EducationPlus, have been elected to ARCHS' Board of Directors. Board member Ronnie Robinson (right) has been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel for the Metropolitan Police Department, City of St. Louis. September 2015.

ARCHS' 2015 STEAM Institute Recap

On Saturday, October 10, ARCHS hosted its 2015 S.T.E.A.M. Institute at Harris-Stowe University presenting innovative learning modules on science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Over 200 area educators and child care professionals attended the event. The day started with a panel on fostering learning from cradle to career and where the future of educational programming will be heading. Sessions were well attended as education professionals gained clock hours as well as new insights.

A special thanks to Monsanto, Urban Sprouts, Simms Building Group, Stray Dog Theatre, SCOPE, Craft Alliance, Circus Harmony, St. Louis Science Center, United 4 Children, University of Missouri Extension, Neighborhood Houses, Mad Science St. Louis, The Magic House, Box Cars & One-Eyed Jacks, Really Big Coloring Books, and Money Smarts School of Finance for coming out to support our region's educational communities.

View photo gallery below.

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The Ferguson Report: From Words to Deeds

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By Wendell E. Kimbrough, ARCHS' Chief Executive Officer

The recent report issued by the Ferguson Commission must become a unifying moment for St. Louis' education and not-for-profit communities. The 198-page document covers a variety of recommendations for the justice system, social programs, and community organizations. A major pillar of those recommendations covers the needs of our region's most vulnerable children.

Upon receiving the report, ARCHS' team conducted an audit of how our current programming supports the recommendations outlined. I was not surprised to discover that ARCHS is actively engaged in the four regional themes framed: Justice for All; Youth at the Center; Opportunity to Thrive; and Racial Equality.

ARCHS and our education and not-for-profit colleagues have been at the forefront of advancing these themes for many years.

ARCHS annually improves the lives of more than 90,000 African Americans living in the region's highest concentrations of poverty. This work represents a multi-generational change that starts with giving children the best possible start – quality pre-school care, extra meals during the summer, glasses for improved vision in the classroom, and safe after-school programming that engages both mind and body.

Our reach extends beyond children through adulthood; we provide parent coaching, job training, life skills building, physical fitness, and much more. Our lifelong learning approach addresses core issues facing our region including reducing cycles of poverty and improving educational attainment. This level of positive impact on St. Louis' at-risk families is achieved through an annual $16.5 million dollar investment in partnership with 200 education and social service organizations.

Read more: The Ferguson Report: From Words to Deeds

ARCHS Selected as MFH Insurance Outreach Partner

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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.

To request GOME outreach materials, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..