To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We’re proud to be a part of Colorado’s continuing tradition of finding bipartisan solutions to providing health insurance to all our residents. Today, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper with Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and other governors of both political parties released a blueprint for stabilizing the individual health insurance market.

It puts forward both immediate and long term solutions. Their suggestions call on members of Congress to address Cost Share Reduction payments at least through 2019, reinsurance, the family glitch and other issues that have arisen under the Affordable Care Act. The proposals also would open the door for states to find solutions particular to their own situations.

The governors’ positions are very much in line with a letter we joined other state-based marketplaces in signing. The National Academy of State Health Policy summed it up in a press release this week. All this is in advance of a hearing on Wednesday and Thursday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee.

That our Democratic governor joined a Republican governor to develop a path forward has received much media attention but we see it as a continuation of a tradition in Colorado. After all, Connect for Health was born of an idea that came from a commission formed by a Republican governor and put it into operation under a Democratic governor.

In Other News 

Among the pressing business that Congress returns to next week is reauthorization of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which in Colorado is known as Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Funding is now authorized only through September. Although the program has received support from members of both political parties in the past, we are doing contingency planning for the possibility the program is not reauthorized so that we could assist with coverage for the 75,000 children and pregnant women who are now covered by CHP+.

The state department of Health Care Policy and Financing, who administers CHP+, has developed a resource for following developments in Colorado. The Colorado Health Institute has provided background on the history and the scope of the program.
Take care,

Kevin

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

November 16, 2015

Contacts: Connect for Health Colorado, Luke Clarke, 720-496-2545, LClarke@Connectforhealthco.com, Marc Williams, 303-866-3144, Marc.Williams@state.co.us

 
DENVER — Between Nov.1 and Nov. 15, more than 21,000 Coloradans enrolled in health coverage for 2016, either in private health insurance purchased through the state health insurance Marketplace or in Medicaid, or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), according to new data released today by Connect for Health Colorado® and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

“We are very pleased with the number of initial sign-ups during the first two weeks of Open Enrollment,” said Connect for Health Colorado® CEO Kevin Patterson. “But I want to urge everyone to not put off their 2016 health insurance coverage. New customers and renewing customers have a number of choices to consider. I encourage all of our customers to review their options and complete their enrollment before the last-minute rush.”

Whether you are renewing or enrolling for the first time, you must complete enrollment by December 15, to have coverage January 1, and avoid a gap in your coverage. Connect for Health Colorado customers will have 188 individual plans offered for 2016, up from 176 last year. Open Enrollment runs through January 31.

Open Enrollment began November 1. During the first two weeks, 13,414 people enrolled in private health care coverage through Connect for Health Colorado®, which compares to 9,606 enrollments during the comparable period last year. The coverage gains include 7,394 in Medicaid and 261 in CHP+.

“Connect for Health Colorado and Medicaid continue to reduce the uninsured rate in Colorado,” said Sue Birch, MBA, BSN, RN, executive director, Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Having health coverage enables Coloradans to take charge of their health by receiving preventive services at the right time, in the right setting and at the right price.”
Key dates and deadlines for individuals and families buying private coverage
• Open Enrollment: November 1, 2015 – January 31, 2016. (You cannot purchase health insurance after this period unless you have a qualifying life-change event, such as marriage, divorce, having a child, losing your employer-sponsored insurance, or moving to Colorado.)
• Last day to enroll for coverage beginning January 1, 2016, is December 15, 2015. You must pay your first-month’s bill by December 25.
• Last day to enroll for 2016 coverage (absent a life change event): January 31, 2016.

Medicaid and CHP+ are open to qualifying individuals year-round.

About Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established in law by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance Marketplace.  It opened for business on Oct. 1, 2013, for individuals, families and small employers to compare and buy health insurance and apply for tax credits to help make their insurance more affordable. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or chat from expert Customer Service Center representatives; and find in-person assistance from certified brokers and agents, community based certified Health Coverage Guides or Certified Application Counselors. In 2015, the Marketplace enrolled more than 150,000 Coloradans in private insurance and helped nearly 100,000 gain access to new tax credits that made their health coverage more affordable – all while keeping fees among the lowest in the country. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com

About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus programs as well as a variety of other programs for low-income Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.

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DENVER – The Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors on Monday voted to name Kevin Patterson as permanent Chief Executive Officer for Colorado’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

Patterson has led the Marketplace as interim CEO since May 2015. The board’s decision triggers a 14-day public comment period and is subject to approval by the legislative Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee.

Comments on the pending appointment can be emailed to Board@connectforhealthco.com

About Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established in law by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance Marketplace. It opened for business on Oct. 1, 2013, for individuals, families and small employers to compare and buy health insurance and apply for tax credits to help make their insurance more affordable. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or chat from expert Customer Service Center representatives; and find in-person assistance from certified brokers and agents, community based certified Health Coverage Guides or Certified Application Counselors. In 2014, the Marketplace enrolled more than 150,000 Coloradans in private insurance and helped nearly 100,000 gain access to new tax credits that made their health coverage more affordable – all while keeping fees among the lowest in the country.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Luke Clarke, Director of Communications
720.496.2545
lclarke@connectforhealthco.com

DENVER (April 1, 2015) – The Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors today unanimously named long-time healthcare executive Robert (Bob) C. Malone as the finalist to fill the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director role for Colorado’s Marketplace.

Under regulations and state law that established Connect for Health Colorado (Colorado Health Benefit Exchange) as a public non-profit organization, there is a formal process for selecting and hiring a CEO: The Board must post the name of the CEO finalist; allow the public to comment about the selection for 14 days; and obtain approval from the Legislative Health Benefit Exchange Implementation Review Committee before formally offering and hiring for the post.

Connect for Health Colorado Interim CEO Gary Drews, who did not seek the permanent position, will continue to serve the organization and help in the transition once a new CEO is hired.

“We did an extensive national search to find the right person to lead Connect for Health Colorado through its transition as a start-up to a fully sustainable Marketplace that serves the people of our state well into the future,” says Board Chair Sharon O’Hara. “Bob has broad insurance industry and business expertise, and he brings new ideas and enthusiasm for advancing our Marketplace to serve Coloradans.”

Malone brings nearly 30 years of experience across the insurance, brokerage, claims and cost containment industries. In 2013 he was named Chief Executive of The Assist Group in Lakewood, CO, which provided high-dollar claim review and resolution services to health plans, reinsurers, managing underwriters and third party administrators. He oversaw the acquisition of The Assist Group by Equian in January 2015.

“This is a great opportunity and challenge,” Malone says. “Colorado’s Marketplace has been a leader in the country among state-based exchanges and it’s at a critical point in its growth. I’d be honored to work with all the stakeholders across the state who are so committed to its success. My job and our mission will be that everyone in Colorado who wants health insurance has it.”

Before leading The Assist Group, Malone was a consultant for MVP Healthcare, a New York regional health insurance company. His experience also includes serving as President and CEO of Premier Healthcare Exchange (PHX); Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Specialty Division, for Willis North America; Vice President of Direct/Group Sales and Marketing for USI; Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Amalgamated Life Insurance Co. and president of their subsidiary Alicare, Inc. the country’s largest union-owned third party administrator.
Those who wish to submit public comments can email the Connect for Health Colorado Board at:  board@connectforhealthco.com

About Connect for Health Colorado
Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established in law by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011. A health insurance Marketplace built just for Colorado, it launched on Oct. 1, 2013 for individuals, families and small employers to compare and buy health insurance and apply for tax credits to help make their insurance more affordable. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or chat from expert Customer Service Center representatives; and find in-person assistance from certified Brokers, community based certified Health Coverage Guides or Certified Application Counselors. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com