To Our Valued Stakeholders,

Our outreach and marketing are in high gear as we move into the last week of this Open Enrollment Period.

On Sunday we will have staff members at four churches in Denver and Aurora for “Get Covered Sunday.” The pastors have graciously let us set up resource tables, where we will meet with folks after their worship to talk about getting coverage this year.

We would love to see you there. You can find the information on Get Covered Sunday on our site here, and more events tomorrow and throughout the week here.

Customer Service Center hours

We have extended the hours at our Customer Service Center for the week of January 7-12, the hours will be:

Sunday, January 7 –  9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, January 8, to Thursday, January 11: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, January 12, 7 a.m. to midnight.

We know that Open Enrollment, even one shortened by two weeks, has meant a lot work for many of you and I am grateful for your efforts and the results we are seeing.

Take care,

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

Contact: Luke Clarke, 720-496-2545
[email protected]
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DENVER —  Four churches in Denver and Aurora will join Connect for Health Colorado® on Sunday, January 7, in “Get Covered Sunday,” a community outreach initiative to enroll their members in health insurance in the final days of Open Enrollment.

“We believe in meeting our customers where they are,” said Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson.  “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with these pastors in helping their congregants take the critical step to protect their health and their family finances by buying health insurance. We are here to help anyone who does not yet have their health insurance in place for this year.”

January 12 is the deadline for 2018 coverage, except in certain life change scenarios, such as marriage, birth or adoption of a child, losing health insurance provided by an employer or moving to Colorado.

Connect for Health Colorado staff will be answering questions about health insurance and getting enrolled at participating churches.

Those churches include:

New Hope Baptist Church

3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80205
Pastor Eugene Downing
Morning Worship:  10:45 am
Resource Table to 1 pm 

Living Hope Baptist Church

11373 E Alameda Ave., Aurora, CO 80012
Pastor Robin Holland
Morning Worship:  10:00 am
Resource Table to noon 

Shorter AME Church

3100 Richard Allen Court, Denver, CO  80205
Pastor Timothy Tyler
Morning Worship: 10:00 am
Resource Table to noon

Rising Star Baptist Church

1500 S Dayton St., Aurora, CO 80247
Pastor Jules Smith
Morning Worship:  10:00 am
Resource Table to noon

About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established 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 is the only place to apply for financial assistance in the form of tax credits to help lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access free, in-person assistance from a statewide network of certified Brokers, community-based Health Coverage Guides or Application Counselors. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com

 

 

 

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

What a year it’s been in the healthcare policy world. This week, with a mix of good news at the state level and new uncertainty at the federal level, has been no exception.

We are happy to see that the state has found the resources to extend the Child Health Insurance Program (CHP+ in Colorado) through February and that Congress’ continuing resolution will authorize funding for six months of the program. That prevents, for now, the need to move the 75,000 children and 762 pregnant mothers covered by the program into alternative coverage.

We are hearing from some who are justifiably concerned about the repeal of the individual mandate in 2019 under the just-passed tax bill.

While I don’t mean to minimize these concerns and the lack of clarity the measure brings, I would like to share with you some points that give me and others on the Connect for Health Colorado team optimism as we look ahead.

  • These early Open Enrollment metrics presented to our board Monday show not only a record number of plan selections for the coming year, but also a significant increase in customers qualifying for financial help in the form of tax credit assistance, three out of four obtaining coverage.
  • The financial help is paying 80% of the premium, on average, for those who qualify. These figures are all likely to change a little as we continue to enroll but the emerging trends are clear.
  • Provisions of the Affordable Care Act that protect us from bankruptcy – elimination of annual and lifetime caps on benefits, prohibiting health insurance companies from denying coverage based on a pre-existing condition – remain the law of the land.
  • A recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that only 8% of Marketplace customers said they would go uncovered without the mandate.

And, as we progress through this Open Enrollment period, we have heard several positive reports about our Medical Assistance site and improved technology. I particularly enjoyed this message from Kevin O’Connor of San Juan Basin Public Health in Durango:

In general, our OEP has been very smooth. Only a small number of clients could not be enrolled in one meeting, and having access to the MA site has been the best tool C4HCO has ever provided us. A significant number of clients have seen either a net reduction in cost or new eligibility for CSR.  

Advisory Group Openings

Our Board Advisory Group currently has openings for a carrier and a provider representative.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 5, 2018.  Click here for more information.

We will be taking a break in these updates for the holidays, resuming in January.

With gratitude for your support in 2017 and our best wishes for this holiday season.

Take care,

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

December 18, 2017

Contact: Luke Clarke, 720-496-2545

[email protected]

DENVER —  More than 149,000 Coloradans selected healthcare coverage for 2018 through the state health insurance Marketplace through the December 17, 2017, a rate 7 percent ahead of signups one year ago, according to new data released today by Connect for Health Colorado®, mid-way through the Open Enrollment period for 2018 coverage.

“It’s not over, but the first half of this Open Enrollment period has set a solid pace,” said Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson.  “We are still enrolling Coloradans who buy their own health insurance through January 12.  I encourage everyone who does not have coverage yet to go to our site and see if they qualify for financial help. My message is, ‘Don’t leave money on the table.’ We know that too many Coloradans who qualify for help assume that they don’t.”

With nearly four weeks remaining in the current Open Enrollment period, Coloradans have already selected 149,006 medical insurance plans. The total was 139,509 for the comparable period in 2016. Seventeen percent of the medical plan selections are by customers who are new to Connect for Health Colorado and 83 percent are renewing customers.

Consumers enrolling now through January 12, 2018, will get health insurance that takes effect February 1, 2018. After January 12, individuals and families can buy coverage only if they experience a life change event such as such as marriage, divorce, having a child, losing employer-sponsored insurance, or moving to Colorado.

About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established 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 is the only place to apply for financial assistance in the form of tax credits to help lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access free, in-person assistance from a statewide network of certified Brokers, community-based Health Coverage Guides or Application Counselors. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com

To Our Valued Stakeholders

There is no busier day of the year at Connect for Health Colorado than today. We know from previous years that many of our customers will wait to the last day to put their coverage in place for January. That’s why we will be staffing our call center until midnight tonight and have been working extended hours this week, as so many of you have.

We welcome the interest in our enrollment volume and we will be making another public release Monday of our plan selection totals through today. It will also include auto renewals that will run over the weekend.

Of course, the work doesn’t end there. Here’s a look at what the highlights on our calendar into the new year:

  • Monday, December 18: Board of directors meeting, 8:30 a.m.
  • Monday, December 25: Call center closed for the holiday.
  • Monday, January 1: Call center closed for the holiday.
  • Tuesday, January 2: Public update on plan selection totals through December.
  • Sunday, January 7: Call center open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, January 12: Last day to enroll for 2018 coverage without a life change event.

 Update on CHP+

Without reauthorization of the Child Health Insurance Program, we continue to prepare to bring Colorado families relying on the program into coverage through Connect for Health Colorado. Support for the program is wide. Our Gov. Hickenlooper joined governors in both political parties Tuesday in a letter to Congressional leadership calling for reauthorization.

I hope that in this busy time you are able to take time with family and friends and enjoy the spirit of the holidays.

Take care,

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

To Our Valued Stakeholders

We are halfway through Open Enrollment and we know many of you of are assisting enrollments at a record pace. The deadline for January 1 coverage is one week away and our enrollment centers are running full tilt.

We have walk-in enrollment events tomorrow in Aurora, Craig, Fort Collins, Littleton, Longmont, Telluride and Westminster. And that’s just one day. Our calendar is full of events running to the end of Open Enrollment January 12, 2018. Find one near you here.

As I have said, the pace of plan selections continues to run ahead of all previous years but there are plenty of people yet to act to avoid a gap in coverage. Our message remains: Don’t leave money on the table. We know from our own survey that too often Coloradans who are eligible for financial help assume that they make too much to get an Advance Premium Tax Credit.

If you are helping with an enrollment, the first step is to get an estimate of the financial help available.

Update on CHP+

Connect for Health Colorado and the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing are co-hosting a webinar for eligibility partners, counties, advocates and stakeholders on Wednesday, December, 13.  The purpose is to provide additional policy and operational information to our partners regarding the possible end to CHP+. The webinars will provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions via chat. The webinars will be recorded and posted on CO.gov/HCPF/FutureCHP.

CHP+ Webinar: December 13, 2017, 12-1 pm.

  • Registrants will be emailed a link to join the webinar the day before the webinar.
  • There is a limit of 500 participants.
  • Register here.

Take care,

Kevin

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

December 1, 2017
Contact:
Luke Clarke, 720-496-2545

[email protected]

DENVER —  More than 43,000 Coloradans selected healthcare coverage for 2018 through the state health insurance Marketplace in November, a rate 29 percent ahead of signups one year ago, according to new data released today by Connect for Health Colorado®.

“With only two weeks left to enroll for January coverage, I am pleased with the pace of plan selections,” said Connect for Health Colorado CEO Kevin Patterson.  “I know people are busy this time of year but I encourage everyone who buys their own health insurance to check to see if they qualify for financial assistance, review the available plans, and complete an enrollment before the last-minute rush. Many will be surprised that they qualify for financial help.”

The month of November saw 43,881 medical plan selections. The total was 34,085 for November 2016. Eighteen percent of the 2018 medical plan selections are by customers who are new to Connect for Health Colorado and 82 percent are renewing customers.

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. Open Enrollment runs through January 12.

Key dates and deadlines for individuals and families buying private coverage

  • Open Enrollment: November 1, 2017 – January 12, 2018.
    • 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, 2018, is December 15, 2017.
  • Last day to enroll for 2018 coverage (absent a life change event): January 12, 2018.

 

About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established 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 is the only place to apply for financial assistance in the form of tax credits to help lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access free, in-person assistance from a statewide network of certified Brokers, community-based Health Coverage Guides or Application Counselors. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com

To Our Valued Stakeholders

We are only two weeks into our 10-week Open Enrollment Period but there is no question we are off to a positive start. Many of you have probably seen the plan selection totals that we released Thursday for November 1 through November 15.

The 22,650 medical plan selections are very encouraging but it is also heartening to see that 19,429 (86% of the total) are customers who have actively renewed. These customers heard our message that it pays to shop. Even though a high number have the option to “auto-renew”, they are actively shopping for plans to find one that best fits their family’s health needs and budget.

Take care,

Kevin

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

Contact: Luke Clarke, 720-496-2545

[email protected]

DENVER — Between Nov.1 and Nov. 15, more than 22,000 Coloradans selected health coverage for 2018 through the state health insurance Marketplace, according to new data released today by Connect for Health Colorado®.

“I am glad to see the number of initial sign-ups during the first two weeks of Open Enrollment,” said Connect for Health Colorado® CEO Kevin Patterson.  “There has been some confusion about healthcare coverage this year. I want everyone to know that the financial help to buy health insurance is still available for next year. I urge everybody buying their own health insurance to take a minute on our site, ConnectforhealthCO.com, to check to see if they qualify and then review their options and complete their enrollment before the last-minute rush.”

The pace of sign ups is running about 33 percent higher than last year, Patterson said. The two-week period saw 22,650 medical plan selections. The total was 16,987 for the comparable period in 2016. Fourteen percent of the plan selections are by customers who are new to Connect for Health Colorado and 86 percent are renewing customers.

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. Open Enrollment runs through January 12.

Key dates and deadlines for individuals and families buying private coverage

  • Open Enrollment: November 1, 2017 – January 12, 2018.
    • 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, 2018, is December 15, 2017.
  • Last day to enroll for 2018 coverage (absent a life change event): January 12, 2018.

 

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 2016, the Marketplace enrolled more than 170,000 Coloradans in private insurance and helped more than 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

Contact: Luke Clarke 720-496-2545

DENVER – Connect for Health Colorado® Board Chair Adela Flores-Brennan today announced that Claire Brockbank, an executive with a healthcare strategy and business development firm, has been named to the Board of Directors for the state’s health insurance Marketplace.

Ms. Brockbank is a principal at Segue Consulting, a health care strategy and business development firm.  Since 1996, Segue has helped public and private sector clients revamp their strategies to help shape or better align with the rapidly changing health care marketplace. Ms. Brockbank is working with the Centers for Disease Control and multiple state governments on innovative collaborations with the private sector to promote mutually beneficial health and wellness strategies.

She also has a longstanding relationship with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (formerly NBCH) to support and promote value-based purchasing.

“We’re happy to welcome a board member with deep experience guiding change in the healthcare market,” Flores-Brennan said. “Claire brings an important strategic perspective to Connect for Health Colorado as we grow the Marketplace and increase coverage in our state for individuals, families and small businesses in a rapidly evolving landscape.”

Ms. Brockbank was appointed to the board by Gov. John Hickenlooper to fill the seat vacated by Eric Grossman for a term that runs through July 2020.

The Connect for Health Colorado board has nine voting members and three ex-officio members. They are appointed by Republican and Democratic leaders in the state Legislature and by the governor.

About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, non-profit entity established 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 is the only place to apply for financial assistance in the form of tax credits to help lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access free, in-person assistance from a statewide network of certified Brokers, community-based Health Coverage Guides or Application Counselors. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com