Health news and issues in the Ozarks.

The federal health insurance Marketplace reopens for its annual enrollment period November 1. Austin Boyland, a certified application counselor with CoxHealth, says there are a number of new things you need to know about the process.

The Marketplace was established under the Affordable Care Act for those who don’t have access to coverage through their employer or can’t afford private insurance.

“The three top questions that we get: One being what is the penalty [if I don’t sign up], two when can I enroll, and three where can I get help?” Boyland says.

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A new clinic for those at high risk for a certain type of cancer is now open in Springfield.

The High Risk Breast Clinic at CoxHealth exclusively treats women with an increased lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.

According to CoxHealth, it also works with women who have a personal history of breast cancer and who would benefit from specialty care.

The clinic will also provide “appropriate surveillance, determine the need for chemo-preventive treatment and offer education on ways to reduce the risk for breast cancer.”

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A new primary care clinic opening this week aims to help over 2,000 patients in its first year that might otherwise struggle to get treatment.

On Monday, officials with Mercy Springfield and Missouri State University unveiled the new MSU Care Clinic inside the school’s O’Reilly Clinical Health Sciences Building. It provides healthcare access for low-income, uninsured patients who are not eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.

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The Springfield Center for Dyslexia and Learning is now open on the CoxHealth campus. Located in the Turner Center, the new facility will aid local students with affliction. People with dyslexia have trouble learning in conventional ways which make typical school programs ineffective. This center will work to change the techniques used to teach reading in the hopes of helping students move forward.

Noel Leis, the center’s administrative director, says that although the speed of learning may be different for each student, all are welcome to seek help there.

Say you're a Midwestern farmer in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery or a major illness. It's time for the nurse's check-in, but there's no knock on the door.

At Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, a camera attached to the wall over the foot of the bed whirls around, as a video monitor next to the camera lights up to show a smiling face with a headset on.

"Good afternoon, this is Jeff with SafeWatch," the smiling face says. "Just doing my afternoon rounds."