Rural Voices

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

While our seventh Open Enrollment period is now closed, we know our work is never really done. We will continue enrolling Coloradans with qualifying life events throughout the year.

Connect for Health Colorado staff and I visited with community leaders at the 2020 Voices of Rural Colorado this week. I was honored to speak at the reception last night about our commitment to serve rural Coloradans, and per our strategic plan, we will continue to advocate for improved rural access.

Lastly, we recently published our 2019 Annual Report, where we provide an update on our work toward our strategic goals.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Wrapping Up Our Seventh Open Enrollment Period

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We’ve come to the end of another successful Open Enrollment period, which closed on Wednesday night. I appreciate the support around the state — I know many of you worked tirelessly to help Coloradans enroll in their 2020 health insurance.

We reported this morning that nearly 167,000 Coloradans selected health coverage for 2020, comparable to last year’s Open Enrollment period. I am proud of our work to cover as many Coloradans as possible during this enrollment period. Read more about our preliminary numbers in the press release, and we will share more numbers with you once we’ve had the time to sort through the data.

In the News

The media helped us get the word out about the Jan. 15 deadline earlier this week from the Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction, the Summit Daily in Frisco and KOA Radio in Denver.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Last Push for 2020 Coverage

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

I hope you had a restful holiday season. As I reflect on the past year, I am grateful for your hard work and support.

As you may know, the deadline for 2020 coverage is Wednesday, Jan. 15. Our enrollment teams have not let up on the gas one bit as we head toward the finishing line. Coloradans can get free, expert help at Walk-In & Enroll events this Saturday and next Wednesday.

Congressman Jason Crow and I recently spent some time with our enrollment team in Aurora. We were happy to hear firsthand of the hard work they’ve put into this Open Enrollment season. It was a great reminder of how vital our community partners are in serving the needs of residents.

With Congressman Jason Crow and Aurora Coverage Assistance Network Director Allison Summerton.

I was also pleased to join our lawmakers at the Capitol for Gov. Polis’ State of the State address yesterday. I appreciate his commitment to lowering the cost of healthcare, and I echo his call to increase access, affordability and choice on the individual market. We stand ready to advise and help implement the solutions that our state leaders create.

In the News

Vail Daily featured a letter from our Western Slope outreach manager. Univision Colorado also hosted us for a few segments this week, including a Facebook live, to reach Spanish-speaking residents. 

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Strong Enrollments So Far

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

As we enter the holidays, I am happy to report that we completed our first deadline for enrollments for the Plan Year 2020, seeing strong enrollments thus far. We reported this morning through a press release that more than 153,000 Coloradans made plan selections for 2020 coverage.

But as you all know, there is still time for Coloradans to enroll, with our Open Enrollment period continuing through Jan. 15. Our Customer Service Center will serve customers throughout the upcoming holiday weeks with adapted hours: Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; closed on Dec. 25; Dec. 31 from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m., closed on Jan. 1. And of course, customers can be in touch with one of our many enrollment experts for help enrolling.

We know there is also concern over the recent Fifth Circuit Court decision in the Texas v. Azar case regarding the Affordable Care Act. A reminder that the law remains in place while the case moves through the process, and our Marketplace is as strong as ever. Read more of my thoughts on this case and Colorado Public Radio provided additional details on the court ruling.

In the News

We appreciated the media’s help, via local TV and online, in spreading the word about the first  deadline.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy holiday season!

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Final Push for Jan. 1 Coverage

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

As you all know, this Sunday is the last chance for people to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage, although we do stay open until Jan. 15. We’ve been working hard to get the word out about the deadline in this final week. You may have seen that Governor Polis penned an email to our customers, and we worked with John Ingold at the Colorado Sun to help us share step-by-step guidance for signing up.

As part of the final push, I’ll be speaking at a health fair this Saturday with Congressman Joe Neguse at Colorado State University in Fort Collins about the importance of health coverage and to remind people to review their options when enrolling this year.

To ensure all questions are answered, we’ve also extended our Customer Service Center hours today through Sunday: Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon- 8 p.m. And, of course, our statewide network of brokers, assisters and enrollment centers are available to help.

Thanks again for all you do help us with our mission to increase access, affordability, and choice for individuals purchasing health insurance in Colorado.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Nearing the Dec. 15 deadline

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with family and friends. As we come back from that holiday, we are quickly nearing the Dec. 15 deadline for Coloradans who want to be covered on Jan. 1, 2020.

Yesterday, we reported our enrollment numbers through the end of November. Nearly 42,000 Coloradans signed up for a health insurance plan in the first month of the Open Enrollment period and approximately 70 percent of applicants qualify for financial help.

We have many opportunities for Coloradans to get help enrolling before the deadline. This Sunday, I am speaking at New Hope Baptist Church as part of our larger Get Covered Sunday efforts. Our staff will visit a total of six churches in the Denver/Aurora area to help spread the word about the importance of getting covered. Our Assisters and Brokers are hosting enrollment events, Enrollment Center experts available and our Customer Service Center is ready to take calls. Find all the ways to get help on our website.

As a reminder, we encourage you to help us push the important message through your networks that folks may save money if they shop instead of auto-renewing.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Recent Trip to Washington, D.C.

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

Last week, I traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with our congressional delegation about the shifting healthcare landscape of Colorado. I met with Senator Cory Gardner, as well as Representatives Joe Neguse and Scott Tipton.  I also met with staff of Senator Michael Bennet and Representative Jason Crow. We discussed policy work to increase Coloradan’s health insurance access while decreasing costs, and I encouraged them to spread the message about the financial help already available to their constituents. I also shared the progress Connect for Health Colorado is making to ensure our technology platform will be ready to meet the evolving needs of our state.

While in D.C., I also had the opportunity to continue to build my relationship and trust with our federal oversight group, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. I spoke with them about the system improvements we put in place this year, and they expressed that they are pleased with the consistent progress we have made to improve the usability of our website while increasing our federal compliance.

This week, we reported that nearly 24,000 Coloradans made plan selections during the first two weeks of this year’s Open Enrollment period. I’m encouraged that our message to actively compare plans is resonating with customers. Read more in our press release.

In the News

Denver’s Channel 7 shared more about how reinsurance is affecting rates this year and the importance of shopping. Univision Colorado also featured a Facebook Live segment about Open Enrollment in Spanish.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Our Doors are Open

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We’re off to the races! We’re one week into our seventh Open Enrollment period.

If you know someone who needs help enrolling, you can direct them to our website to find all of the options for both in-person assistance and information about our online and phone assistance. Our enrollment partners have already been out hosting events in Avon, Aurora, Centennial, Glenwood Springs, Ouray, Paonia, Pueblo, Rifle, Silverthorne and Wheat Ridge.  We post all events on our website and our Facebook page.

Thank you again for also reminding customers to shop to find the best plans and prices for 2020.

Recruiting for Board Advisory Group

Our Board Advisory Group was created to make high-level policy recommendations to our Board of Directors. We are recruiting for three open seats for this Advisory Group; one from the healthcare provider community, one from the enrollment assistance community, and one from the consumer advocacy community. You can find application information here. Interested candidates should submit an application to [email protected].

In the News

The Durango Herald featured Kevin O’Connor, a Health Coverage Guide in the Durango area.

9News hosted us for a Facebook Live interview this week.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Open Enrollment Has Begun!

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

The day has arrived! This morning, we kicked off our seventh Open Enrollment period with an exciting event at Servicios de la Raza, one of our assistance sites in the Denver-metro area. Congresswoman Diana DeGette joined me and several assisters as we highlighted the success of our marketplace in Colorado and encouraged Coloradans to get covered during Open Enrollment.

While we are excited about the lower rates available this year, I’d like your help reminding customers that in order to see savings, comparing plans and prices is extremely important. With the complexities of how the tax credit is calculated, customers who qualify for financial help will likely see a decrease in the dollar amount of assistance. It’s important to know that customers who qualify for financial help can reduce premiums an average of eight to 19 percent by switching to the lowest-cost plan available in their current metal level.

Read more in our press release from Wednesday and please help share this message with your constituents and communities.

Our Public Comment on Immigrant Health Insurance

We submitted a public comment about the Immigrant Health Insurance Coverage Notice of Information Collection.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado

Southern Colorado Connections

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We are officially one week from the beginning of the seventh Open Enrollment period. The excitement around the office is building! We’ve started our marketing efforts and have already heard that people are using our Quick Cost & Plan Finder Tool to compare plans and prices.

Even though I thought my own South by Southwest tour was over, I was able to make one more stop in Pueblo before Open Enrollment begins. I enjoyed spending time with friends from southeastern Colorado at the annual Action 22 meeting last week. As we aim to improve coverage in rural Colorado through advocacy, it was a pleasure to connect with so many community leaders and remind them of our network of brokers, enrollment centers and health coverage guides to serve their needs this Open Enrollment. We discussed the impact of the lower rates for southeast Colorado, and the importance of shopping in order to see savings.

I’ll keep you updated as our enrollment period begins and want to thank you in advance for helping us get the word out that we are open for business for 2020 plans next Friday!

Our Public Comment for Colorado’s State Public Option

We formally submitted our comment regarding the Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage Option (HB 19-1004) Draft Report. You can read the comment here, as well as my initial statement about the report.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado