To Our Valued Stakeholders,
It’s a wrap – our sixth Open Enrollment period closed on Tuesday night. We reported on Wednesday that more than 169,000 Coloradans selected health coverage for 2019, an increase of 2 percent over last year’s Open Enrollment period. We will have a full report on this Open Enrollment once the dust settles and we’ve had time to analyze more of our data.
A sincere thank you doesn’t seem like enough. I know many of you worked long hours and supported us through this successful Open Enrollment Period. I am proud to have such a great team to ensure Coloradans have access to coverage, in all 64 counties.
And, of course, our lights stay on through the year to enroll anyone with a “life change event.”
As mentioned last week, we are actively engaged at the state Capitol. We are monitoring several bills that connect to our mission of increasing access, affordability, and choice for individuals and small employers purchasing health insurance in Colorado.
Two early bills of particular interest are House Bill 19-1004, which would take exploratory steps around the creation of a state option for health care coverage, and Senate Bill 19-004 which would develop a pilot program for certain individuals to participate in the group plan offered to state employees. We plan to watch these closely and remain active in discussions about them at the Capitol.
You may also be interested to see our initial draft of our Policy Agenda Principles, which we will continue to refine. These Principles will serve as our framework through which we’ll gauge progress toward improving the wellbeing of our state and our organization.
In the News
An article in the Gazette on our Open Enrollment results took note of the increase enrollments overall, including an 8 percent jump specifically in El Paso county.
Thank you again for being our partner in progressing health coverage in Colorado.
Kevin Patterson, MURP, MPA
Chief Executive Officer
Connect for Health Colorado