Coloradans Seeking 2021 Health Insurance Can Find Stable Prices, Increased Choice and Virtual Help

DENVER – Coloradans can renew or purchase 2021 health insurance starting Sunday, Nov. 1, when Open Enrollment begins.

Overall, residents will see stable rates, and many will have increased plan and insurance company choices. That’s why Connect for Health Colorado® strongly encourages all customers to compare plans before renewing coverage, as they may find more affordable options in 2021.

“It’s more important than ever that Coloradans get covered and stay covered with an affordable and comprehensive health plan next year,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “I urge anyone who is unsure about their options to connect with us, their Broker, or an Assister this Open Enrollment period. We’re here to make sure the people and the health protections that matter most to you are covered in 2021.”

Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where residents can access financial help to lower monthly premiums. In 2021, an individual earning up to $51,040, and a family of four with an annual income of up to $104,800, can qualify for financial help through the Marketplace.

Customers who qualify for financial help may see a decrease in the dollar amount of assistance in 2021, if they stick with the same plan. In addition to monthly premiums, Coloradans should compare benefits, networks, plan usage, and monthly and annual costs when shopping.

Coloradans can get expert help choosing the right plan for their budget and needs by working with a community-based Assister or certified Broker, who are offering increased virtual and phone appointments. People can also use the Quick Cost and Plan Finder tool to browse 2021 plans, benefits, estimated annual costs and possible financial help.

There are eight health insurance companies offering a total of 159 health plans through the Marketplace in 2021. Generally, customers will see additional Silver and Expanded Bronze plan offerings. Customers in 54 counties will have more than one health insurance company option to choose from, and people in 25 counties will see an increase in the number of insurance companies offering plans.

Consumers must enroll by Dec. 15 to have coverage in place by Jan. 1, 2021. However, the Marketplace is open through Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, for 2021 coverage. Outside of the Open Enrollment period, residents can only enroll if they have a Qualified Life Event, such as losing Health First Colorado (Medicaid) or health insurance from an employer.

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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.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information:  ConnectforHealthCO.com

Media Contact

Mónica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-496-2574

Kevin Patterson Named One of Denver Business Journal’s Most Admired CEO Winners

Denver — Connect for Health Colorado® congratulates our own Kevin Patterson for being named as one of Denver Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs of 2020.

The Denver Business Journal recognized 23 executives for their “strong, visionary leadership” and for “guiding their companies through the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.”

Under Kevin’s leadership this year, Connect for Health Colorado opened an emergency Special Enrollment Period in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which led to more than 14,000 Coloradans enrolling in health coverage in March and April.

Kevin Patterson has served as Chief Executive Officer of Connect for Health Colorado since April of 2015. He previously served as chief administrative officer and interim chief of staff to Gov. John Hickenlooper and has an extensive history of public service. He serves on the Denver Zoological Foundation’s Leadership Council, the Health subcommittee of the Rose Foundation, and serves as a board member on the Keystone Policy Center and Mile High United Way.

Thank you, Kevin, for your dedication to increasing access, affordability and choice for the people of Colorado.

The winners will be recognized at a virtual event on Thursday, Nov. 12. 

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information:  ConnectforHealthCO.com

Media Contact

Mónica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-496-2574

Advisory Committee Kicks Off Easy Enrollment Program to Further Reduce Uninsured Rate

Denver– Connect for Health Colorado® and the Department of Revenue have named the members to serve on the Health Care Coverage Easy Enrollment Program’s advisory committee to guide implementation and administration of the program. The committee held their first meeting Monday Oct. 12. The committee structure was designed to represent various communities that are affected by the new program.

Advisory Committee Member NameCommunity RepresentedOrganization/Company
Frances CoetTax Preparation, Small Business OwnerAtlas CPAs and Advisors
Jared ColturiHealth Insurance CompanyCigna
Jeanine DrautConsumerInPraxis Communications
Amber Egbert, Co-ChairTax Regulatory AgencyColorado Department of Revenue
Melanie HerrmanBrokerSeasons Insurance Agency
Debra JudyInsurance Regulatory AgencyColorado Division of Insurance
Marivel KlueckmanMedicaid AgencyDepartment of Health Care Policy and Financing
Allison NeswoodConsumer AdvocateColorado Center on Law and Policy
David SullivanTax PreparationIntuit, Inc. (Turbo Tax)
Tanya TrujilloAssisterNorth Colorado Health Alliance
Monica VanBuskirk, Co-ChairHealth Insurance MarketplaceConnect for Health Colorado

Starting in 2022, the Easy Enrollment Program would allow Coloradans to mark on their state tax return that they are uninsured and opt-in for their information to be shared with Connect for Health Colorado, so we can see if they qualify for financial help or Health First Colorado (Medicaid). Easy Enrollment can provide financial stability and improve health outcomes for thousands of residents, many of whom are unfamiliar with the sign up process, or do not know they qualify for help.

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information:  ConnectforHealthCO.com

Marketplace Customers Will See Stability in 2021 Health Insurance Premiums

Denver- Connect for Health Colorado® Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson released the following statement in response to the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) announcing 2021 health insurance premiums for the Open Enrollment period that begins Nov. 1:

“I’m encouraged by the overall stability we’re seeing for next year’s health insurance plan prices. Colorado families continue to feel the economic impacts of the pandemic at a time when the risk of going without health coverage has never been greater. I urge Coloradans who are unsure about their options to connect with us this Open Enrollment period. We are here to help you sign up and save on monthly costs and care.”

The DOI announced that health insurance premiums in the individual market (non-employer coverage that includes Marketplace and off-Marketplace coverage) will decrease 1.4% on average over 2020 premiums. People shopping through the Marketplace may see changes to their health insurance plan price based on other factors, such as where they live and their ages. Those with fluctuating household incomes or who are concerned about price changes should compare plans and costs before renewing coverage, as they may find more affordable options. Shoppers should also consider health care costs beyond the premium, such as deductibles, co-payments, frequency of care needed, and providers and prescriptions covered. As a reminder, Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where Coloradans can qualify for financial help to lower the cost of private health insurance.

Insurance companies must submit the rates that they want to charge consumers, in addition to any insurance plan changes, to the DOI annually. Connect for Health Colorado receives the approved plan costs and benefits from the DOI.

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace. Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: ConnectforHealthCO.com.

Connect for Health Colorado® Expands Executive Leadership Team with Chief Human Resources and Training Officer

DENVER – Connect for Health Colorado®’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson has announced that Nyle Boyd has been promoted to the executive leadership team as the Chief Human Resources and Training Officer. The position was created to advance the organization’s Human Resource and Training functions.

Along with Connect for Health Colorado’s CEO, Kevin Patterson, the executive leadership team also includes Chief Policy and Relationships Officer Monica VanBuskirk, Chief Financial Officer Brian Braun, and Chief Innovation Officer Kelly Guthner.

Nyle Boyd joined Connect for Health Colorado in March 2016 as the organization’s Director of Human Resources. Ms. Boyd’s career spans over 21 years in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Ms. Boyd has held human resources leadership positions at the Colorado Department of Human Services, the City and County of Denver, Sara Lee Bakery group, Denver Public Schools and a variety of private companies.

Ms. Boyd earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Grambling State University and holds a Master of Business Administration from Regis University. She currently serves as an advisory board member on the Community College of Denver’s BA – Board – Center for Business, Industry, Technology & Public Service. She is an active member of the National Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Mile High SHRM.

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information:  ConnectforHealthCO.com

Preliminary Plan Prices for 2021

Contact: Monica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-496-2574

Denver — Connect for Health Colorado® Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson released the following statement in response to the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) releasing preliminary 2021 rate filings:

“I’m encouraged by the stability that these preliminary health insurance plan prices suggest we will see next year. With a global health crisis and job loss in Colorado at an all-time high, it is more important than ever that our customers have affordable and portable coverage options next year. We are here to help Coloradans apply and find affordable coverage through our Marketplace.” 

The DOI announced that health insurance rates (premiums) in the individual market (non-employer coverage) will increase an average of 2.2% statewide. The proposed 2021 rate increase would be the lowest percentage increase since the health insurance Marketplace opened in 2013. Rates are preliminary and are subject to change.

Insurance companies must submit the rates that they want to charge consumers, in addition to any insurance plan changes, to the DOI annually. Connect for Health Colorado receives the approved plan costs and benefits from the DOI. 

Connect for Health Colorado’s statewide network of enrollment experts can directly help residents navigate changes in plans and costs specific to their community. Our Quick Cost and Plan Finder tool allows users to factor in health care costs beyond the premium and calculates an estimate of total yearly costs, to help residents make an informed decision while shopping.

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace. Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: ConnectforHealthCO.com

Request for Proposal: Member Services and Community Support Staff Augmentation

Connect for Health Colorado is requesting proposals from qualified staffing vendors to augment its service center (Member Services Unit- “MSU”) staff and its Medical Assistance site (Community Support Unit – “CSU”) staff from time-to-time on a temporary basis. To fulfill our mission, we offer residents the ability to make telephone calls to Member Services and Community Support representatives.

The Request for Proposal provides additional details and instructions on how to respond. Please submit your proposal, or any questions, to Justin Brandon at [email protected] by no later than 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Request for Proposal: Media Buying Services

Connect for Health Colorado is requesting proposals from qualified media services vendors. To fulfill our mission, we develop and disseminate various types of advertisements across numerous media platforms to educate Coloradans about the services that Connect for Health Colorado offers. The selected media services vendor will help Connect for Health Colorado articulate its marketing goals, develop a media strategy, develop and execute a media buying program, and evaluate the success of the media buying strategy/program.

The Request for Proposal provides additional details and instructions on how to respond. Please submit your proposal to [email protected] no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2020.

We look forward to hearing from you.   

Two New Laws to Increase Access, Affordability and Choice

Contact: Monica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-496-2574

Denver— Connect for Health Colorado® Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson released the following statement after Gov. Polis’ ceremonial signing of two bills, the Health Care Coverage Easy Enrollment Program (HB20-1236) and the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise (SB20-215), this Monday:

“I thank Governor Polis for signing these important bills into law. They will both shape our future ability to provide coverage and financial help to thousands more Coloradans. I look forward to working closely with our Marketplace partners to find board members to oversee these innovative programs over the next few months. I am excited that Colorado continues to find new and innovative ways to ensure our residents can get the coverage and care that they need.”

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About Connect for Health Colorado

Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace.  Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information:  ConnectforHealthCO.com

Health Insurance Affordability Fund Passes

Contact: Monica Caballeros
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 720-496-2574

Denver— Connect for Health Colorado® Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson released the following statement on the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise (Senate Bill 20-215) after the bill passed through the General Assembly:

“We’re excited to build on the successes of the reinsurance program with specific policies designed to help Coloradans who are still struggling to access coverage. It is more important than ever that we remove barriers to health care by providing portable and affordable coverage options. Connect for Health Colorado is ready to work as a partner on implementing these new solutions, and we’re proud to be a resource for our state partners as they develop solutions to address persistent gaps in health coverage and affordability.”

The Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise protects and expands financial help for health coverage and will be housed in the Division of Insurance. A board will oversee the enterprise fund, which would be allocated to:

1) Fund the reinsurance program.
2) Provide financial help to people with lower incomes whose net premium would increase as the individual market price for insurance decreases.
3) Set up a fund to provide financial help to people who do not otherwise qualify under Affordable Care Act rules (e.g. households who are not qualified because of the “family glitch”).

Connect for Health Colorado will work closely with state regulators to develop a full implementation plan for the Health Insurance Affordability Enterprise.

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About Connect for Health Colorado


Connect for Health Colorado is a public, nonprofit entity established by the Colorado General Assembly in 2011 to create a health insurance marketplace. Since 2013, we’ve been helping individuals, families, and small employers compare plans, apply for financial help, and buy health insurance. As Colorado’s official health insurance marketplace, we are the only place to apply for financial help to lower the monthly cost of premiums. Customers can shop online; get help by phone or online chat from Customer Service Center representatives; and access expert, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: ConnectforHealthCO.com