Colorado’s Own Health Insurance Marketplace
June 1, 2016, marks the 5th anniversary of Connect for Health Colorado. It was on this same date in 2011 that Gov. Hickenlooper signed SB 11-200, the law creating a health insurance marketplace to fit the unique needs of Colorado. Five short years later, Connect for Health Colorado has established itself as the go-to resource for individuals, families and small employers across Colorado to purchase health insurance and get financial assistance to reduce costs.
In addition to the shopping website, Connect for Health Colorado offers a statewide customer support network of Customer Service Center Representatives, Health Coverage Guides and licensed brokers to help Coloradans find the best health plan for their needs. Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where Coloradans can apply for advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions to help pay for commercial insurance coverage.
The mission of Connect for Health Colorado is to increase access, affordability, and choice for individuals and small employers purchasing health insurance in Colorado. Legally known as the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, Connect for Health Colorado is a nonprofit organization that is governed by a Board of Directors with additional direction from a committee of state legislators, known as the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee.
For more information on our work, please see our Metrics and Reports.
Connect to our State Partners
Connect for Health Colorado collaborates closely with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and the Colorado Division of Insurance to provide health coverage assistance to Coloradans. Here’s how you can connect with these agencies:
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs as well as a variety of other programs for low-income Coloradans, families, children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities and some adults without children. The mission of the department is to improve health care access and outcomes for the people we serve while demonstrating sound stewardship of financial resources. For more information about the department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.
Colorado Medicaid is public health insurance for low-income Coloradans including families, children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities and some adults without children. Beginning in January 2014, more Coloradans will be eligible for Medicaid. Find out if you are eligible at Colorado.gov/PEAK.
Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) is low-cost health insurance for Colorado’s uninsured children and pregnant women. CHP+ is public health insurance for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private health insurance for their children.
You can contact the agency at 303-866-3513 or 800-221-3943 or visit their website.
Colorado Division of Insurance
The Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, is a state agency that regulates the insurance industry in Colorado and works with consumers to answer their questions, help them understand their health insurance, and ensures consumers receive the benefits for which they paid. DOI reviews insurance companies’ requests to change the premiums (rates) they charge Colorado consumers as well as the benefits included in insurance plans sold in the state. DOI protects consumers by making sure insurance companies, and agents, comply with state laws and regulations.
The Colorado Division of Insurance also offers a Buyer’s Guide for health insurance. Check out their Buyer’s Guide.
Do you need information about your consumer rights regarding health insurance? The Colorado Division of Insurance can help. You can contact them at 303-894-7490 or visit their website for more information or to file a complaint.
Colorado State Website for Coverage Resources:
A group of State agencies collaborated to create a new consumer friendly website to help direct Coloradans to resources related to health and health care. The goal of Colorado.gov/health is to help consumers easily find what they need without having to navigate through each of our department’s websites or understand who does what in government to find information.
If you are interested in joining our team but don’t see any positions open that fit your skill set, you are welcome to submit your resume to [email protected].