Preparing for a Key Stretch in Enrollment: A Message from CEO Patty Fontneau
I have often reminded people that the launch of Connect for Health Colorado is a marathon, not a sprint. Now, with March here, we are quickly coming to the end of the first enrollment period – a first mile-marker in the journey to getting Coloradans covered.
There are just 31 days left for most Coloradans to buy private health insurance for 2014! (The only exceptions will be those who have a life-change event, such as job loss, that causes them to lose their health plan after March).
Our final push to March 31 is focused on reaching as many of the uninsured as possible to help them meet the deadline and access cost-reductions.
- We are staffing up our Customer Service Center in anticipation of a surge of people seeking their health plans before time runs out.
- Throughout the month, Connect for Health Colorado certified brokers and Health Coverage Guides will host dozens of public and private events across the state to help people enroll. Look for our colorful Connect for Health Colorado RV and specialized campaigns.
This weekend alone public enrollment events are taking place in Craig, Lafayette, Montrose and Steamboat Springs. And we’ll be at the inaugural Entravision Feria de la Salud Health Fair Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver. You can find our growing list of March enrollment events on our website.
- We will be opening a walk-in location soon on the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver for free in-person help from certified brokers and Health Coverage Guides. Check our website for more details.
We’ve seen great success so far. More than 1 million people have come to our website and close to 85,000 Coloradans have signed up for coverage. Recent reports put Colorado in the top-four of state-based marketplaces for enrollments. Just over half of our enrollees qualified for tax credits and financial assistance to reduce their costs.
We look forward to serving many more and hope you’ll be involved too. If you know people who need health insurance for 2014, encourage them to go to Connect for Health Colorado to shop, compare and see what they might save.