DENVER — To help as many people as possible sign up for health insurance that begins on the first day of 2021, Connect for Health Colorado® has decided to extend the deadline for January 1 coverage to this Friday, Dec. 18.
“Too many Coloradans have been left unemployed, uninsured and are struggling to get by as the pandemic grows,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “By giving people a few extra days this week to get the coverage they need right on January 1st, we can ease some of the strain people are feeling. Financial help is available to reduce costs and local experts can also provide free enrollment assistance.”
Access Lower Premiums and Health Care Costs
Before deciding that health coverage isn’t in your budget in 2021, first check how much assistance you could receive to reduce premiums through Connect for Health Colorado. 55% of families who receive financial help can find a plan for $50 or less per month. The financial help comes in the form of an Advance Premium Tax Credit and is not related to pandemic relief but is available to residents exclusively through Connect for Health Colorado.
Why Coloradans Should Enroll by Friday
Although customers have until mid-January to sign up for plan, doing so after this Friday will result in a February 1st start date for their coverage, leaving them uninsured for the first month of the year.
Therefore, Coloradans are encouraged to take the following steps between Dec. 16 and Dec. 18 to be covered.
Steps to Enroll in Jan. 1, 2021 Coverage:
1. Enroll in a plan.
2. Call the Customer Service Center at 855-752-6749 by Dec. 18.
3. State “I would like coverage to begin January 1st.”
4. If desired, request the incident number to track the request.
Coloradans who want to change their current plan also have through this Friday to enroll in a new plan for Jan. 1, 2021 and should follow the same steps.
The Open Enrollment period for 2021 coverage ends on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.
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
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