ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Starting Oct. 1, people across the country will start to look at the health insurance marketplace under President Obama's affordable healthcare plan.

Missouri residents could have a hard time in finding the right resources for the market and becoming part of the nationwide program.

Although many states will set up a marketplace or subsidized insurance, the state of Missouri has let the federal government take hold of the healthcare market and will not expand its Medicaid program, according to a "New York Times" article. In fact, more than 850,000 residents throughout the state could be left uninsured.

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius arrived in St. Louis Thursday to meet with area leaders about the implementation of the federal program in the state of Missouri.

Before you get started with the health exchange in a couple of weeks, people will have a number of steps to complete. According to an Associated Press report, people should be prepared to identify family members, including themselves; provide current income, job and health insurance options; learn about financial assistance; and shop for a plan.

Below you'll find a number of other resources to help you on your health insurance journey, including:

In the St. Louis metropolitan area, the Billy Jean Kerr People Health Center, Family Care Health Centers, Grace Hill Health Center,Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center andSouthern Illinois Healthcare Foundation will provide enrollment assistance to those in need of help.

For a full list of Missouri and Illinois health centers providing enrollment health, check out the U.S. Health and Human Services website.

PDF:Health Marketplace Exchange checklist

For more information on the health insurance marketplace, visit our specialAffordable Care Act section.

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