January 1 plan selections set new sign up record
To Our Valued Stakeholders,
We are happy to see a strong enrollment through our Dec. 15 deadline. We reported on Monday that more than 156,000 Coloradans made plan selections. That number is up 5 percent ahead of signups one year ago. We have increased the number of plan selections for coverage effective in January for five consecutive years. But we’re not finished.
As you all know, Colorado’s Open Enrollment period continues through Jan. 15, 2019. We appreciate your continued hard work helping Coloradans enroll.
As a reminder, our Customer Service Center will be serving customers with adapted hours over the holiday: Dec. 24 open from 8 a.m.– 2p.m., closed Dec. 25; open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday (Dec. 26-28). The following week, hours include 8 a.m.– 2 p.m. on Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1, then open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2.
We know that last Friday’s ruling from a Texas federal district judge has raised questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. It’s important to remember that this, the latest of many court challenges, is far from over. The law remains in place while the case moves through the expected appeals. Colorado has also passed state laws that protect those with pre-existing conditions, which are not impacted by this case. You can reassure your customers that their financial help and pre-existing condition protections remain in place.
We also want you to be aware that, in light of the substantial health, financial and social impacts of the proposed Public Charge changes, we submitted public comment on the matter. We asked that the Administration not move forward with any aspect of the proposed changes. Read our full comment here.
In the News
We were happy to see when KREX, a Western Slope news station, shared a story about one of our customers and the positive impact health insurance has had for her family.
Wishing you and your families a happy holiday season. You’ll hear from me again after the New Year begins.
Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado