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DENVER (Dec. 11, 2014) — Connect for Health Colorado® announced Thursday that 24,811 individuals and families have signed up for health insurance coverage since the current enrollment period began Saturday, November 15.
“We are happy that so many Coloradans chose to protect their family’s health and financial security for 2015 by enrolling in coverage, but I want to urge others to complete their enrollments in time for January coverage,” said interim CEO Gary Drews. “It’s time to act right now.”
Current customers who wish to change their plans should do so by Monday, Dec. 15. Open Enrollment for new customers runs to February 15, 2015, but individuals buying new coverage need to choose a plan by Monday, December 15, to have health insurance effective January 1.
Some customers have encountered technical difficulties completing their sign up. Connect for Health Colorado will work with any of our customers who begin their enrollment by Dec. 15 to have their health insurance effective January 1.
Anyone who does not enroll for insurance by February 15 will not be able to get coverage in 2015 unless they have a life-changing event, like a marriage or divorce.
“I urge anyone who is not provided health insurance by their employer to shop now for a policy that meets their needs and their circumstances,” Drews said. “We know that this process can be complicated. That’s why we suggest Coloradans take advantage of free, in-person help available in every county of our state from a network of trained and certified Health Coverage Guides and Brokers. These are experts who can help explain the differences in plans, benefits and costs, and help you through the financial application and enrollment process.”
There are more than 1,600 independent brokers and agents, and more than 450 Health Coverage Guides and Certified Application Counselors. To find them in your area (search by zip code) go to https://connectforhealthco.com/help-center/
Of the 24,811 covered lives in the enrollment, about one-third are customers new to the state health insurance Marketplace and the rest are customers re-enrolling in coverage for 2015. In addition, 3,642 Coloradans have enrolled in dental insurance through the Marketplace.
By this date last year, Connect for Health Colorado’s first open enrollment period, 12,706 customers had selected health plans through the Marketplace.
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 and agents, community based certified Health Coverage Guides or Certified Application Counselors. The next open enrollment period for individuals and families is Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. For more information: www.connectforhealthco.com