Open Enrollment Five Finale

To Our Valued Stakeholders,

The curtain falls tonight on our Fifth Open Enrollment Period, by most measures one of our best. Many of you have told me of the improvements you are seeing in our systems and in smoother processes.

On Tuesday, we reported more than 158,000 medical plan selections, still a little ahead of where we were on the same date last year.

I am grateful to our dedicated staff, our Assistance Network, our Broker partners, our health insurance company partners and the many other supportive stakeholders who share credit in our success in these interesting times.

Many on our team are already working on ways to make next year even better than this year.

In the News

The Commonwealth Fund offered an interesting take on marketplace stability last week. Noting that health insurer participation is a strong indicator, the report said that state-based marketplaces are seeing fewer carriers leaving the market.

More than half of state-based marketplaces, including Colorado, have the same number of companies this year as they had last year. Most of the states relying on federally run marketplaces lost between one to four health insurers.

Child Health Plan Plus

After discussing the continued lack of long-term funding for CHP+ at its meeting Monday, our board wrote a letter to Colorado’s congressional delegation in support of the program and some of the potential impacts if the program is not re-authorized.

Take care,

Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado