DENVER (June 9, 2014) — The Connect for Health Colorado Board of Directors today approved the organization’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

Having enrolled more than 135,000 individuals in private insurance, the budget marks the next step in the development of the organization.

The budget, which covers the fiscal year from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, was approved by a vote of 7-1, with one abstention.

Connect for Health Colorado’s goal is to maintain a conservative financial approach and keep fees low for Coloradans while continuing to meet our mission of providing access, affordability and choice,” said CEO Patty Fontneau.  “The diverse spending approach approved by the board moves us to become self-sustaining by January 2015, when our federal start-up grants supporting operations will be gone.”

Operations of the organization will be partly funded with federal grants for only the first 6 months of the fiscal year. Over the final six months of the fiscal year, the Marketplace will be financed through an existing broad market assessment, operational and other funding.

Other remaining federal grants will continue to support technology implementations and enhancements through the end of the fiscal year in June 2015.

The FY2014 budget includes transitional funding authorized through legislation passed in 2013. House Bill 1245 provided the authority for the board to set a $1.80 per member per month health insurance carrier assessment. The budget passed Monday reduced the assessment to $1.25 per member per month, which will help Connect for Health with its goal of maintaining a six-month operating reserve of $13 million.

 

 

 

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)

DENVER, CO – Connect for Health Colorado® has signed up the 4th highest number of people for private health insurance among all states that operated their own Marketplaces, according to new data released today from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  The report includes data from states that operated their own state-based Marketplace as well as those that used the federal Marketplace (healthcare.gov).

CMS looked at total enrollments from Oct. 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 for both private health insurance and Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus. Connect for Health Colorado continued its open enrollment period through April 15 and currently has signed up more than 129,000 Coloradans.

When measuring total numbers of people who accessed private health insurance or Medicaid during open enrollment, over 307,000 Coloradans signed up, making Colorado 14th highest among all states and the District of Columbia, according to the CMS report.  Among states that operated their own Marketplaces, Colorado ranked 5th.

By comparison, Colorado is the 22nd largest state by population, based on 2012 US Census data.

“With our partners, we are proud of our high national rankings and our success helping Coloradans get health insurance,” said Connect for Health Colorado CEO Patty Fontneau. “We will continue to work to enhance technology and services. We’ll also continue to focus on keeping our fees among the lowest in the country and following Colorado’s own path toward improving the health of our communities.”

Connect for Health Colorado initial analysis shows sign-ups for private health insurance occurred in every county and generally mirrored the percentage population of each county in the state. The private insurance customer base also is trending younger, with 38.1% of Coloradans signed up ages 0-34; 35.1% ages 35-54; and 26.8% ages 55 and older.

  • The proportion of enrollments was within 1% of the population percentage and uninsured adult population percentage for nearly all counties
  • Of all counties, Summit County has the highest percentage (39.8%) of young adults (18-34) and the lowest percentage of enrollees ages 55+ (18.9%) when you look at the county’s total enrollments. Denver County’s young adult proportion of enrollees is 36.4% and Larimer County’s is 30.7%. The statewide young adult enrollee proportion is 26.4%.

During the first enrollment period that ended March 31, Colorado’s Marketplace offered 150 health plans for individuals and families through 10 different insurance companies. It also offered 92 health plans through six insurers to small employers through the Small Business Marketplace.  The Marketplace fostered greater competition for the benefit of consumers and provided prices that were affordable to many Coloradans. Tax credits averaged $277 a month – bringing costs down significantly for many customers.

Connect for Health Colorado is working closely with the Division of Insurance and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (which operates Medicaid) to prepare for the next open enrollment period for individuals and families, set to begin November 15 for health insurance plans that take effect beginning January 2015.

While open enrollment for 2014 individual and family health insurance is over, some Coloradans will still be eligible to find coverage this year:

  • There is no deadline for small employers who want to offer insurance benefits for their employees and they can begin the enrollment process at any time.
  • Coloradans who experience a life-change event – such as a job change or job loss, divorce or newly moving to the state – that causes them to lose their coverage can also sign up for new insurance and see if they newly qualify for a tax credit.  They must report these changes to Connect for Health Colorado within 30 days of the change.
  • Native Americans living in Colorado can sign up throughout the year.

History:
Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission.  Just 18 months after hiring technology vendors, the non-profit organization opened Colorado’s own health insurance marketplace October 1, 2013, supporting customers with a statewide network of trained experts.

Colorado was one of the most efficient state-based Marketplaces in the country, spending $108 million to date on new technology systems; a Colorado-based Customer Service Center with over 200 employees; support, training and certification for hundreds of community-based Health Coverage Guides and over 1,550 licensed agents/brokers; and a statewide marketing effort to educate Coloradans about the new service. We increased access for harder-to-reach populations by providing a shopping portal in Spanish, language services and convenient walk-in sites and enrollment events across the state in libraries, grocery stores, churches and community sites.

More open enrollment metrics can be found in our By the Numbers: The First Open Enrollment report and on our Metrics page. The CMS federal report and index are also available.

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)

DENVER, CO — Connect for Health Colorado announced this morning that more than 124,000 Coloradans have signed up for private health insurance coverage.

“Our goal has always been to connect as many Coloradans as possible with health coverage that meets their needs, and tax credits to reduce costs,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “We’re pleased that more than 124,000 Coloradans have taken advantage of the health-coverage options offered by Connect for Health Colorado during its first open enrollment period and that we met our goal to keep our fees among the lowest in the country.”

Connect for Health Colorado’s open enrollment period lasted from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Those unable to complete their enrollment before the March 31 deadline were given until April 15 to finish enrolling.

“By providing a diverse range of support services, including a website portal, customer service center, community-based Assistance Sites and a network of certified brokers, Connect for Health Colorado was able to serve Coloradans across the state to purchase coverage for their families and small businesses,” said Connect for Health Colorado Board Chair Gretchen Hammer.

During its first open enrollment period, Connect for Health Colorado offered 150 health plans for individuals and families through 10 different insurance companies. The Marketplace also offered 92 health plans through six insurers to small businesses through its SHOP program.

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission.

“Our goal was to create a new, competitive marketplace where Coloradans could shop for health insurance and access new tax credits to reduce costs,” said CEO Patty Fontneau. “We continue to focus on the needs of our customers, keeping in mind that both small businesses and individuals and families that have either lost health insurance coverage or had changes in their lives can continue to enroll throughout 2014.

Just 18 months after hiring technology vendors, the non-profit organization opened Colorado’s own health insurance marketplace October 1, 2013, supporting customers with a statewide network of trained experts.

The marketplace fostered greater competition for the benefit of consumers and provided prices that were affordable to many Coloradans. Tax credits averaged $277 a month – bringing costs down significantly for many customers.

Colorado was one of the most efficient state-based Marketplaces in the country, spending $108 million to date on new technology systems; a Colorado-based Customer Service Center with over 200 employees; support, training and certification for hundreds of community-based Health Coverage Guides and over 1,550 licensed agents/brokers; and a statewide marketing effort to educate Coloradans about the new service. We increased access for harder-to-reach populations by providing a shopping portal in Spanish, language services and convenient walk-in sites and enrollment events across the state in libraries, grocery stores, churches and community sites.

“Less than three years ago, Colorado chose to create a new health insurance marketplace with the mission of increasing access, affordability and choice for individuals and small businesses in our state,” said Board Chair Gretchen Hammer. “We are proud of the hard work and commitment of our staff and partners, focusing on our mission and following our own path toward improving the health care system in Colorado.”

Work has already begun on improving technology systems, automating more functions to benefit customers, and implementing a more streamlined financial application process for the next open enrollment period, which starts November 15, 2014.

Only small businesses and Coloradans with a life-changing event like the birth of a child or loss of coverage may enroll in health insurance between now and 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid year-round. Connect for Health Colorado operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace.

More open enrollment metrics can be found in our By the Numbers: The First Open Enrollment report.

 

 

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Rachel Reiter, [email protected], 303-866-3921 (Colorado Medicaid)

DENVER, CO – Yesterday the open-enrollment period ended in Colorado with a last-minute surge of sign-ups for health coverage.  Between October 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, over 277,000 Coloradans signed up or were approved for health coverage – including 118,628 Coloradans who purchased commercial health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado and 158,521 who enrolled in Medicaid, according to new data from Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Today’s metrics are preliminary and don’t reflect the complete picture of activity for this open enrollment period. Enrollments are expected to continue to climb in the next several weeks as Coloradans who started their applications prior to the March 31 deadline complete the process.

Although the open enrollment period ended March 31st, Connect for Health Colorado staff will continue working with any customer unable to complete their enrollment by the deadline.  From April 1, Coloradans will not be able to get commercial health insurance, unless they have a qualifying life event, until 2015. Enrollment for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus is year-round.

“Together with our partners, we helped over a quarter million Coloradans access health coverage, with many of them receiving new financial assistance. While we are proud of the accomplishment, we recognize that this is part of a longer journey to get Coloradans covered,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “More than two years ago, a bipartisan effort to improve access to health care started and the impact is very clear: we are building healthier communities.”

“Our enrollment numbers today demonstrate we have taken a significant step toward covering many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers who were previously uninsured,” said Sue Birch, executive director, Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Even though open enrollment has ended, our work towards making Colorado the healthiest state in the country will continue.”

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** More metrics information about Medicaid is available here and more metrics information about Connect for Health Colorado is available here.

Understanding the March 31 Deadline

The deadline for uninsured Coloradans to enroll in commercial health insurance for 2014 was March 31. Uninsured Coloradans can no longer obtain commercial coverage until 2015 unless they have a special circumstance, such as losing a job that provided coverage or moving to the state. The next open enrollment period will be Nov. 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus at any point during the year. More information is available here.

Background

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission. In addition, Colorado has expanded eligibility for Medicaid. Private health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado’s competitive marketplace and the expanded eligibility for Medicaid both began taking effect in 2014.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1, 2013 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers. The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are public insurance programs for low income Coloradans.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers these programs.  Coloradans have multiple ways to apply for coverage, Colorado.gov/PEAK is the online application for public assistance programs including medical assistance.  For more information visit Colorado.gov/hcpf or visit Colorado.gov/health. The Medicaid Call Center (800-221-3943 for general questions and 800-359-1991 to check application status) are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

 

 

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Rachel Reiter, [email protected], 303-866-3921 (Colorado Medicaid)

DENVER, CO – Between October 1, 2013, and March 1, 2014, over 220,000 Coloradans have signed up or been approved for health coverage, according to new data from Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

There are 27 days left to sign up for commercial health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. March 15 is the next deadline for commercial health insurance coverage that starts April 1. Open enrollment ends March 31. From April 1, Coloradans will not be able to get commercial health insurance, unless they have a qualifying life event, until 2015. Enrollment for Medicaid is year-round.

“With over one million visitors to our website since opening October 1, we are encouraged to see continued interest by Coloradans to purchase comprehensive health insurance and apply for tax credits,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “Of the nearly 85,000 people who have applied, more than 47,000 Coloradans are benefiting from tax credits that are saving them an average of over $275 a month on their monthly premium. We are stepping up outreach efforts to help as many Coloradans as possible access coverage and tax credits in the final four weeks of open enrollment.”

“We are pleased with our continued success at enrolling uninsured Coloradans into coverage,” said Susan Birch, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Our strong network of county and community partners has enabled Colorado to be a national leader in enrolling individuals into new coverage faster, and more efficiently than many other states.”

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** More metrics information about Medicaid is available here and more metrics information about Connect for Health Colorado is available here.

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission. In addition, Colorado has expanded eligibility for Medicaid. Private health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado’s competitive marketplace and the expanded eligibility for Medicaid both began taking effect in 2014.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1, 2013 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers. The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are public insurance programs for low income Coloradans.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers these programs.  Coloradans have multiple ways to apply for coverage, Colorado.gov/PEAK is the online application for public assistance programs including medical assistance.  For more information visit Colorado.gov/hcpf or visit Colorado.gov/health. The Medicaid Call Center (800-221-3943 for general questions and 800-359-1991 to check application status) are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Rachel Reiter, [email protected], 303-866-3921 (Colorado Medicaid)

DENVER, CO – Between October 1, 2013, and February 17, 2014, nearly 208,000 Coloradans have signed up or been approved for health coverage, according to new data from Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

Enrollment activity continues at a steady pace in February ahead of the March 31 open enrollment deadline for commercial health insurance. March 15 is the next deadline for commercial health insurance coverage that starts April 1. According to federal guidelines, Coloradans who enroll in coverage by March 31 will not be subject to an IRS fee related to the new federal requirement to have adequate health insurance. Enrollment for Medicaid is year-round.

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**More metrics information about Medicaid is available here and more metrics information about Connect for Health Colorado is available here.

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission. In addition, Colorado has expanded eligibility for Medicaid. Commercial health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado’s competitive marketplace and the expanded eligibility for Medicaid both began taking effect in 2014. Enhanced federal funding that is available starting January 1, 2014 will support the Medicaid expansion.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1, 2013 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers. The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are public insurance programs for low income Coloradans.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers these programs.  Coloradans have multiple ways to apply for coverage, Colorado.gov/PEAK is the online application for public assistance programs including medical assistance.  For more information visit Colorado.gov/hcpf or visit Colorado.gov/health. The Medicaid Call Center (800-221-3943 for general questions and 800-359-1991 to check application status) are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Melissa Viola, [email protected], 303-454-3768 (Piton Foundation)

DENVER, CO – The Piton Foundation and Connect for Health Colorado are partnering to provide free tax assistance and health insurance enrollment assistance to lower-income Coloradans at joint events across the state throughout February and early March. These events are happening at 21 tax sites across Colorado where 15 organizations called Assistance Sites will provide trained Health Coverage Guides to provide unbiased, in-person help to customers of Connect for Health Colorado.

A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System, Tax Help Colorado provides free tax filing services to individuals with household incomes less than $50,000 in 2013. Tax Help Colorado operates free tax sites on community college campuses across the state. At these free tax sites, IRS-certified students prepare and e-file tax returns free of charge for individuals and families. Connect for Health Colorado is intensifying outreach activities to educate Coloradans about the open enrollment deadlines and financial help that are available, based on income, to reduce the cost of commercial health insurance. Many of the people who are eligible for free tax help are also eligible for Medicaid or premium tax credits through the Marketplace. The next deadline is Feb. 15 for coverage that starts March 1. Open enrollment ends March 31.

“We are excited to partner with The Piton Foundation and Tax Help Colorado to provide Coloradans with more ways to learn about their health insurance options and apply for new financial help to reduce costs,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “Many Coloradans who are taking advantage of the free tax assistance sites are also eligible for tax credits that can make health insurance affordable for the first time. We know that many Coloradans also want personalized help with shopping for health insurance and these events are a great way to provide that support.”

“By offering free tax assistance, Tax Help Colorado helps alleviate the financial burden of commercial tax preparation on working families while linking them to valuable tax benefits like the Earned Income Tax Credit,” said Diane DiGiacomo of The Piton Foundation. “We know that many of our tax site clients are living without health insurance, so partnering with Connect for Health Colorado to provide enrollment assistance is a great fit.”

The schedule includes the following cities: Alamosa, Aurora, Brighton, Colorado Springs, Denver, Commerce City, Durango, Fort Lupton, Fort Morgan, Greeley, La Junta, Lakewood, Mancos, Trinidad and Westminster. The complete schedule is available here. Dates and locations are subject to change. You can find all enrollment and outreach events for Connect for Health Colorado here.

The free tax sites are at community colleges and other locations that are convenient to Coloradans. The partnership involves Assistance Sites who provide certified Health Coverage Guides to participate at the tax sites and help Coloradans with their insurance questions.

Connect for Health Colorado is a new health insurance marketplace and support network that allows individuals, families and small employers to compare and purchase health insurance and access new financial assistance to reduce costs. Learn more at www.connectforhealthco.com.

 The Piton Foundation sponsors the Tax Credits for Working Families Public Information Campaign and Tax Help Colorado as part of its efforts to help move Colorado families from poverty and dependence to self-sufficiency. Piton is a private foundation located in Denver, Colorado. It was established in 1976 by Denver oil man Sam Gary.

 

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Rachel Reiter, [email protected], 303-866-3921 (Colorado Medicaid)

DENVER, CO – Between October 1, 2013, and January 15, 2014, more than 165,000 Coloradans have signed up or been approved for 2014 health coverage, according to data released today from Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

After an extremely busy December, the first two weeks of January continues to see steady interest from Colorado shoppers and enrollment activity. January 15 was the deadline for Coloradans to sign up for private health insurance that takes effect February 1. The next deadline is February 15 to have private health insurance start on March 1. Open enrollment continues until March 31. Enrollment for Medicaid is year-round.

“We are encouraged to see steady interest from Coloradans during the second half of our open enrollment period and we are focused on reaching as many Coloradans as possible to help them shop for health insurance and apply for new tax credits to reduce costs,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado.

“Together with our partners at Connect for Health Colorado, we are reaching and enrolling the uninsured,” said Susan Birch, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “The numbers released today further demonstrate Colorado as a leader in the nation.  We are among a handful of States with technology in place to allow for real time eligibility determinations for Medicaid. The technology, along with our strong network of county and community partners, has allowed us to enroll individuals into new coverage faster than many other states many of which have much larger populations to reach.”

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** More metrics information about Medicaid is available here and more metrics information about Connect for Health Colorado is available here.

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission. In addition, Colorado is expanding eligibility for Medicaid. Private health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado’s competitive marketplace and the expanded eligibility for Medicaid both take effect in 2014. Enhanced federal funding that is available starting January 1, 2014 will support the Medicaid expansion.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1, 2013 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers. The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are public insurance programs for low income Coloradans.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers these programs. Coloradans have multiple ways to apply for coverage, Colorado.gov/PEAK is the online application for public assistance programs including medical assistance.  For more information visit Colorado.gov/hcpf or visit Colorado.gov/health. The Medicaid Call Center (800-221-3943 for general questions and 800-359-1991 to check application status) are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The call center is closed on state holidays.

Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790 (Connect for Health Colorado)
Rachel Reiter, [email protected], 303-866-3921 (Colorado Medicaid)

Updated: Jan. 3, 2014

DENVER, CO – Between October 1 and December 31, more than 138,000 Coloradans have signed up or been approved for health coverage that takes effect January 1, 2014 or later, according to data released today from Connect for Health Colorado and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

The first half of the open enrollment period saw a strong increase in the pace of enrollments as the December deadline approached for customers seeking health insurance coverage on January 1st of 2014. Connect for Health Colorado, working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, extended the deadline from December 15th to December 27th to accommodate as many additional customers as possible.

The enrollment period for private health insurance continues until March 2014, with customers currently enrolling in plans with coverage starting February 1st.

“We made significant progress in the past three months as more than 52,000 Coloradans purchased private health insurance through our marketplace, man y getting coverage for the first time in years,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “As the second half of the enrollment period gets underway, we are already hard at work reaching out to Coloradans statewide.”

The enrollment numbers for Connect for Health Colorado exceeded their own early conservative projections of approximately 37,000 enrollments by the December deadline by 16,000 additional lives covered.

The Medicaid expansion numbers announced today reflect individuals actually enrolled in the program.  Since Medicaid eligibility is determined on a monthly basis, the prior numbers reflected estimates of eligibility at a point in time.  Medicaid enrollments can and do change as individuals income or personal circumstances change.  Colorado Medicaid refers individuals who are over income for Medicaid directly to Connect for Health Colorado as these individuals could benefit from an advance premium tax credit or other financial assistance offered through the marketplace.

“The enrollments in Medicaid and Connect for Health Colorado show that Coloradans are becoming more aware of the importance of having health insurance coverage,” said Susan Birch, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Whether Coloradans have health insurance coverage through private insurance or through Medicaid, health coverage is the first step to better health.  We will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure that Coloradans are connected with the coverage that is right for them.”

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** More metrics information about Medicaid is available here and more metrics information about Connect for Health Colorado is available here.

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado continues until March 31, 2014. The deadline to sign up for February 1, 2014, coverage is January 15, 2014. Medicaid does not have an open enrollment period.

Through state laws, Connect for Health Colorado was established as a non-profit entity with a Colorado mission. In addition, Colorado is expanding eligibility for Medicaid. Private health insurance purchased through Connect for Health Colorado’s competitive marketplace and the expanded eligibility for Medicaid both take effect starting January 1, 2014. Enhanced federal funding that is available starting January 1, 2014 will support the Medicaid expansion.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers. The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 8 pm Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Colorado Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) are public insurance programs for low income Coloradans.  The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers these programs.  Coloradans have multiple ways to apply for coverage, Colorado.gov/PEAK is the online application for public assistance programs including medical assistance.  For more information visit Colorado.gov/hcpf or visit Colorado.gov/health. The Medicaid Call Center (800-221-3943 for general questions and 800-359-1991 to check application status) are available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

 

Key Dates

January 1, 2014 – Coverage begins for newly eligible Medicaid or private health insurance plans purchased through Connect for Health Colorado

January 10, 2014 – Deadline for Connect for Health Colorado customers to make first month’s premium payment for January 1, 2014 coverage

January 15, 2014 – Deadline to sign up for private health insurance that takes effect February 1, 2014

February 15, 2014 – Deadline to sign up for private health insurance that takes effect March 1, 2014

March 31, 2014* – Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado ends

 

*Medicaid does not have an open enrollment period.

CONTACT:
Ben Davis, [email protected], 303-522-6790

DENVER, CO – Between October 1 and December 23, 42,771 Coloradans signed up for private health insurance that takes effect January 1, 2014. Monday was a record day for shopping volume, with 5,354 Coloradans who signed up. Connect for Health Colorado will continue to help customers who complete the sign-up process between today and Friday, December 27, to receive January 1 coverage. Open enrollment continues until March 31, 2014.

“Monday was our busiest shopping day as thousands of Coloradans came to our website to sign up by the deadline for January 1 2014 coverage,” said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. “We continue to help Coloradans who sign up today until Friday to get January 1 coverage. Coloradans can continue to sign up through March 31, 2014.”

Between today and Friday, December 27, Connect for Health Colorado will work with Coloradans who complete the enrollment process to get coverage effective January 1 2014. The Customer Service Center is closed on Christmas but the website will be available. More enrollment information for customers is available here.

Coloradans who complete their sign up process and select plans will receive invoices from their chosen carriers and will need to make their first month’s premium payment by January 10, 2014. Enrollments are not complete until carriers receive their first payment. Customers who access medical care after January 1 but have not paid their premium yet may need to pay for the services and then submit a claim after their payment is received.

Connect for Health Colorado has been open since October 1 and operates with separate technology and customer service operations from the federal marketplace, healthcare.gov. Connect for Health Colorado is open to individuals, families and small businesses, offering health insurance options. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from ten carriers and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers.

The Customer Service Center is open from 7 am to 6 p.m. today. The Customer Service Center will be closed on Christmas and will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.