Colorado’s Marketplace is Keeping Residents Insured during the Pandemic
DENVER —Since Connect for Health Colorado re-opened enrollment on February 8, 2021, to help customers secure health coverage amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, approximately 36,350 residents have signed up for a health insurance plan.
As of Sunday, August 15, the last day of the enrollment period, 216,350 Coloradans have signed up for a plan that provides coverage this year. That total is 21,000 more health insurance plan sign ups than the same day last year— a nearly 11 percent increase.
Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act, Coloradans can find more financial help than in previous years to cover some or all the cost of their health insurance premium, but only when they shop through Connect for Health Colorado. For the first time, families of most income ranges can now qualify for savings on health insurance.
“I’m so pleased that we were able to offer thousands of new and existing customers increased access to savings and health plans,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “It’s essential to have health coverage in place to protect our families and communities, especially this year.”
People can still sign up for a health insurance plan for the remainder of the year through Connect for Health Colorado if they experience a Qualifying Life Event. Qualifying events include losing your job’s health insurance, losing Health First Colorado (Medicaid) coverage or certain family and income changes. Otherwise, enrollment opens November 1 for health coverage next year.
Residents can continue to get help signing up for coverage from certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. Use the Quick Cost and Plan Finder tool to get an estimate of costs and to search plans based on what matters most to you.
Monica Caballeros | [email protected] | 720-576-7995
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 help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: ConnectforHealthCO.com