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Flu Clinics Offer Education on Affordable Care Act

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County has its first confirmed case of the flu. It happened right as many flu clinics are being held around the Ozarks, offering free flu shots for those who are uninsured.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Greene County has its first confirmed case of the flu. It happened right as many flu clinics are being held around the Ozarks, offering free flu shots for those who are uninsured.

Not only are free flu shots available, there are also insurance counselors available at these sites to answer questions and give out information about the Affordable Care Act.

"I'm working poor," says Lalay Makoui, who does not have health insurance.

She came to the clinic Wednesday to get a free flu shot.

"I'm pretty excited that I was able to get a free flu shot,” says Makoui. “It's hard to afford health insurance when you're self-employed."

Makoui didn't get a flu shot last year because she couldn't afford it.

"It just seems like health care is one thing that falls off the map," says Makoui.

She's hoping she can afford insurance, but worries about the deductible.

"When you consider most surgeries are $25,000 to $35,000, then if you're only having to pay $12,000 to $13,000 deductible, then that's more affordable," says Makoui.

She says there's so much information surrounding the Affordable Care Act that it's hard to understand everything on her own.

"I'm glad that this Affordable Care Act information is available here," says Makoui.

Insurance counselors at the clinics were glad to make the information available to the public.

"We felt this would be a good opportunity to do some outreach in the community," says Dori Meyer, an insurance counselor for the non-profit Primaris.

Meyer is also a navigator for the Affordable Care Act. She attended the clinic to answer any questions from those who showed up.

"There is some confusion in the community about the Affordable Care Act, but once they visit with us and find out that it's a very simple process,” says Meyer. “And that there is help for them to obtain affordable insurance, people have been very receptive."

Meyer says there's a high need in this area of people looking for affordable insurance, and all we can do is be patient until the glitches in the website are cleared up.

"It's a huge website, any time you're going to roll out something that big, you can't really expect it to work perfectly at first," says Meyer.

Makoui says she hopes the Affordable Care Act works out.

"If people can get insurance through the affordable care act, then it's a godsend," says Makoui, "And I hope it works."

For information and help signing up for health insurance, please visit www.primaris.org.



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