It is hard to believe that one year ago, Connect for Health Colorado staff were packing up for what we thought might be a few weeks of remote work. We were all letting the news sink in that an actual pandemic was upon us. It was nearly impossible then to predict the year of lives lost and daily sacrifices we have all experienced since.
But as we pass this grim milestone, there is good news on the horizon. It is a relief to see Covid-19 case numbers falling and vaccine rates rising. And, some big news to help those struggling: the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 has been signed into law.
The Colorado Sun recently shared how the Plan will bring assistance to many Coloradans. In the health care realm, the changes to the Advanced Premium Tax Credit structure will provide much more access to financial help on health plans through the Marketplace, and it will increase the number of people who are eligible to receive this help.
Read the statement I made about how the Plan will make health insurance more accessible and affordable. We are working through the details of implementing the law and will share more regarding how Coloradans can see these savings in the coming months.
Reflecting on this anniversary, I am thankful that we have been able to get people covered and keep them covered. Our doors are open through May 15 for anyone who is not covered through our Uninsured Enrollment Period. We announced earlier this week that more than 4,000 people have enrolled so far.
We have a stakeholder toolkit available for you to help us get the word out about this enrollment period. Thank you for using these flyers and social media posts to help get people covered now.
Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado