DENVER — Yesterday afternoon, President Biden announced that the federal health insurance marketplace, HealthCare.gov, will extend the current enrollment period through August 15, 2021, to help as many people as possible get covered following the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
Connect for Heath Colorado® Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Patterson, released the following statement in response:
“We will follow the federal decision so that we can help as many Coloradans as possible get covered this year. Keeping our doors open through at least mid-August maximizes the number of people who can apply for financial help and enroll through our Marketplace, especially as our state recovers from the pandemic. We will share more details soon about how Coloradans who are newly eligible for benefits under the American Rescue Plan can get those additional savings.”
Connect for Health Colorado is working in coordination with the state Division of Insurance to develop an implementation plan for the portions of the law which impact Colorado consumers seeking health insurance through our Exchange. The new expanded savings for health coverage under the American Rescue Plan is expected to be available to Colorado residents starting in April, with changes taking effect as soon as May 1, 2021.
Connect for Health Colorado will release more information about when people who are newly eligible for financial assistance under the American Rescue Plan, as well as current customers, should come to our Marketplace to see how much they can save. The American Rescue Plan financial help changes are in effect through calendar year 2022.
Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where residents can get financial assistance for health insurance.
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 help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: ConnectforHealthCO.com
Monica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-496-2574