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Kate Cohn
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Jan. 31 marks the open enrollment deadline for citizens needing health insurance through the federal Marketplace. While the process has become more streamlined since it first launched, a likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is bringing many questions from enrollees.

CoxHealth Monett
CoxHealth Monett

CoxHealth says it’s opening a new urgent care facility in Monett in January that aims to better serve area residents.

The 2,600 square foot facility, according to the hospital, is a resource for ailments that can’t wait for a traditional doctor visit, but aren’t severe enough for a trip to the emergency room.

“The focus of this facility is to bridge a gap between people needing same-day appointments and our physician offices,” said Darren Bass, president of Cox Monett, in a statement. “We want to be an addition to the exceptional care our primary care physicians provide.”

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Missourians now have another option when it comes to seeking treatment for minor illnesses.  CoxHealth has expanded its telemedicine service, DirectConnect, to individuals.  Previously, it had been offered only to employers.

Bridget O’Hara, product manager at Cox, said it’s an affordable option for those who need care—each “visit” is $49—and she said it frees up space in the ER and urgent care.

According to O’Hara, the service is easy to use.  She compares it to using Skype or Face Time.

Officials with Bolivar-based Citizens Memorial Hospital and CoxHealth in Springfield have signed a letter of intent to merge the two, making CMH a part of Cox.

The announcement came in a joint press release Friday morning.

It describes a due diligence period during which both entities will explore the details of one another’s business practices before reaching a final agreement. That could come as soon as mid-2017.

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CoxHealth Center Marshfield will move into a bigger space next spring. Ground has been broken on a new clinic, at 1245 Banning St., in Marshfield. The clinic will have 10,400 square feet of space-- more than triple the size of the current facility.

David Taylor, corporate vice president at CoxHealth, says, since the healthcare system’s first clinic in Marshfield was established more than 20 years ago, the need for medical care in the community has grown considerably.

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