New Program Connecting Tax Filers to Health Coverage Ends April 15
DENVER— Colorado’s new Tax Time Enrollment Program that connects uninsured tax filers to health coverage is coming to a close this Friday, April 15. Due to a state law passed in 2020, this tax season was the first in which residents could mark on their Colorado tax form that they were uninsured and interested in getting connected to coverage with Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) or Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s official health insurance marketplace.
“No matter whether you qualify for coverage with Health First Colorado or for plans with financial help on our marketplace, I encourage residents and tax preparers to check that box by April 15th,” said Connect for Health Colorado’s Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “We’re here to help connect you to free and low-cost health coverage options.”
How It Works
Uninsured tax filers can check of a box on their state tax form to say that they or someone in their family is uninsured and to opt-in to share their information with Connect for Health Colorado. By doing so, residents can qualify for a 60-day Special Enrollment Period with Connect for Health Colorado or be connected to coverage with Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program). People must file their Colorado state tax form and select the new checkbox option on their return by Friday, April 15 to qualify for this Special Enrollment Period, regardless of the tax filing extensions.
Other Enrollment Opportunities
Coloradans who don’t qualify for the Tax Time Enrollment Program or who miss Friday’s deadline might be eligible to sign up for health insurance now if they experience a qualifying circumstance, like losing health insurance from their job, moving to Colorado, certain changes to income and more.
Customer Service representatives, Assisters and certified Brokers are available and ready to help residents figure out which Special Enrollment Period they may qualify for and how to enroll. Contact Connect for Health Colorado at 855-752-6749 or ConnectforHealthCO.com to enroll and find local enrollment assistance.
Residents can enroll in coverage through Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) or the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program any time during the year if they qualify.
Monica Caballeros, [email protected], 720-576-7995
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