CEO Blog: Another Milestone

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

We reached another milestone Wednesday with the close of the broad special enrollment period available to anyone whose 2016 plan was not offered for renewal this year. Our plan selections for 2017 totaled more than 181,000 by Wednesday’s close — a number 7 percent above where we were last year and, frankly, better than many anticipated.

The continued support from our Health Coverage Guides, Brokers, carrier partners, advocacy groups and other stakeholders helped make this possible even as we faced challenges that we had not seen before. You have my thanks.

Legislative Update

The Colorado Health Institute, which serves as a resource for the legislature and other healthcare policy makers, produced a summation of the role of the Affordable Care Act in expanding coverage in our state. It includes interesting regional breakdowns on the reliance on Health First Colorado — Colorado’s Medicaid Program — in rural counties and the significant numbers of Connect for Health Colorado customers in “Ski Country.”

We meet today (Friday, March 03, 2017) with our legislative oversight committee. You can find information on the committee and its role here.

In Recent News

The Colorado Rural Health Center, a non-profit that works to support care providers and improve healthcare in rural communities, has posted online a helpful fact sheet on the impact the Affordable Care Act has had in rural Colorado, including enrollments through Connect for Health Colorado.

Take care,


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