The online health insurance exchanges are now open in both Missouri and Illinois. The online marketplace is a key component of the federal health care law. Illinois officials have set up their own marketplace at GetCoveredIllinois.gov. Missouri voters chose to bar their government from setting up its own marketplace. So the federal government is running the exchange for Missouri residents at Healthcare.gov. Consumers have until December 15th to sign up if they want coverage to start on January 1st, but enrollment is open until March 31.
Flu season is just around the corner, and now is the time to protect yourself against the disease...for free.
This weekend, Barnes Jewish Hospital will be offering free flu shots clinics.
A clinic is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in North County at the Shalom Church City of Peace Health Fair.
Another is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Medical Office Building 2.
It is recommended that anyone over six month old get a flu vaccine.
Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is considering a run for governor in 2016. Hanaway told the Post-Dispatch that "a lot of people are encouraging her to run" and "she's giving strong consideration to their advice." Missouri's GOP has been in search of a high-profile republican to run against the assumed democratic nominee, Attorney General Chris Koster. The 49-year-old Hanaway was the first woman speaker of the Missouri House. She was U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 2005 to 2009, and is currently with the Husch Blackwell law firm.