Consumer Health Advocate Named to Connect for Health Colorado® Board of Directors

DENVER – Gov. Jared Polis has named a longtime leader in consumer health advocacy to the board of directors of Connect for Health Colorado®.

Elisabeth Arenales, who helped found the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and was the Health Program Director at the Colorado Center on Law and Policy for almost twenty years, joins the 12-member board as an ex-officio member representing the governor’s office. She serves on the governor’s staff as Senior Policy Advisor for Health.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Elisabeth’s deep experience with the healthcare challenges facing our state join our leadership team,” said Board Chair Adela Flores-Brennan. “Her fierce dedication to improving health outcomes and lowering costs is a perfect fit with our mission to increase access, affordability and choice for all Coloradans.”

Ms. Arenales has been recognized by numerous organizations for her work addressing social determinants of health, including as a community health leader by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health policy leader by the Colorado Health Foundation.

The Connect for Health Colorado Board has nine voting members and three ex-officio members.

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, in-person help from a statewide network of certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. For more information: