CEO Blog: Telling Our Story

To Our Valued Stakeholders, 

The debate around healthcare reform is giving us more opportunities to tell our story and this week was no exception. We had a productive conversation with Congressman Mike Coffman on Tuesday in a meeting with some of our leadership team. Mr. Coffman, who represents Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District, shared his principles on health care reform in a press release on Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 1, will be the final day of the special enrollment period extended to anyone whose 2016 health plan was not available this year. We’ve seen steady increases in 2017 plan selections this month and they will number more than 180,000 by the time we close out the period. Enrollments will now be limited to those with qualifying life change events, such as the loss of employer-sponsored coverage, a marriage, a move to Colorado, the birth or adoption of a child and so on, explained here on our site.

Legislative Update 

The governor’s office on Thursday unveiled a healthcare policy package that includes providing premium subsidies to Coloradans whose income is just above eligibility for the Advance Premium Tax Credits — between 400 percent and 500 percent of federal poverty level. Bills spelling out details of the policy initiative are expected to be introduced soon, though some measures may be on the agenda for next year. The Denver Business Journal reported on the proposals today.

We will be meeting the Colorado Health Insurance Exchange Oversight Committee on Friday as part of the panel’s regular review of our activity. You can find information on the committee and its role here.

In Recent News 

I am glad for the help getting our message out to many in Western Colorado provided by The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, who published my guest opinion piece on Sunday

Take care,


Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
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