Nine PBS Examines the Health Insurance Marketplace

Open for Business Is the First of Three Programs on Nine Network in November Looking at the New Health Care Law


St. Louis, MO—October 25, 2013—One month after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace, the Nine Network of Public Media explores the latest developments in Open for Business, a half-hour special broadcast Monday, November 4 at 7:00 p.m. on Nine PBS. The program will be rebroadcast November 9 at 3:30 p.m. and November 18 at 2:30 a.m.


Through interviews with consumers and experts, and a roundtable discussion with political and health reporters, Nine Network producers Jim Kirchherr and Anne-Marie Berger will report on where the Health Insurance Marketplace stands five weeks after opening its doors. Open for Business will also examine the outlook for the marketplace in the near future, the coverage gap in Missouri, and health care issues confronting Missouri’s Legislature in the coming session.


Specialists featured on Open for Business are Tim McBride, a Washington University economist and expert on health care policy; Robert Fruend, chief executive officer of the Regional Health Commission; Jeremy Milarsky, an insurance marketplace expert for Primaris; Mary Timmel, an Affordable Care Act specialist for Small Business Majority; and state Rep. Jay Barnes, (R-Jefferson City), chairman of the Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation.


Open for Business begins a three-program discussion involving community members and experts about the Health Insurance Marketplace on the Nine Network in November. It is followed on November 7 at 9:00 p.m. by Stay Tuned, a public affairs discussion series, and on November 11 at 7:00 p.m. by Health Insurance Marketplace: A Community Conversation, an hour-long special moderated by Jim Kirchherr.  All three programs are part of Nine Network’s ongoing Our Region’s Health initiative, funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health.


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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