How the federal health law will affect Missouri

Monday, January 28, 2013 | 4:44 p.m. CST

The way that some Missouri residents buy health insurance will change this fall as a result of a federal health care law enacted by President Barack Obama. The law attempts to reduce the number of people without health insurance by allowing them to comparison-shop for private insurance policies through an online marketplace called an exchange. Government subsidies will be available for some of those who cannot afford the premiums. The federal law also offers additional money to states that expand their Medicaid health care program for low-income adults.