Welcome to Connect for Health Colorado®, the only place to apply for financial assistance to help reduce your costs and get access to a statewide network of free, in-person assistance. While the future of the Affordable Care Act is debated in Washington, D.C., what remains constant and true is that it is important to protect the health and financial future of you and your family. Broken bones, disease and other chronic conditions can happen at any time. Most are treatable and in some cases preventable if you have access to care and health insurance.
Can you still enroll? The answer is “yes,” you may still apply if you have certain Life Change Events. Join the thousands of Coloradans who already signed up for 2017 health insurance, and if you qualify, take advantage of the financial assistance to help you afford coverage.
If you are eligible to shop for a new plan or make updates to your existing plan, your coverage will be effective the first day of the month after you purchase a new plan or submit your updates. If this happens after the 16th of the month, you will need to call our Customer Service Center to ensure you receive coverage the 1st day of the following month.
Here’s How to Get Started:
- See if you qualify for financial assistance!
- Before you shop, quickly browse our 2017 plans. Find a plan that includes your doctor and medications. Save and print a PDF of your selections to assist you when are ready to complete an application and shop.
- Find free, in-person help. Find an expert in your area to help you through the process. We have walk-in Enrollment Centers, Brokers and Assisters throughout the state ready to help you for free and in person. Make sure you have these documents with you.
Avoid the Penalty
Make sure you are covered in 2017 to avoid a fine. The penalty for not having health insurance in 2017 will be $695 per person or 2.5% of your household income, whichever is greater.
After You Enroll
Once you’re covered, your insurance company will send you an invoice for your first month’s premium. Make sure to pay that on time each month to keep your coverage. Timing of invoicing and the receipt of membership materials varies by company, but here is what to expect.
It is also important to understand your coverage before you need it. It can save you both time and money. Our Using Your Health Insurance page offers helpful suggestions, including how to choose an in-network doctor and what to do in an emergency. And don’t forget to take advantage of the free health screenings that come standard with your health insurance plan.
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