On Saturday, Nov. 17, Connect for Health Colorado will open its physical and virtual doors for open enrollment. From November 17 to February 15, insurance seekers can shop and compare health plans, apply for tax credits, and take advantage of the Marketplace’s extensive, statewide assistance network of certified Brokers and Health Coverage Guides.
Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where Coloradans can apply for tax credits, and it’s available tools allow insurance seekers to compare plans side-by-side in an effort to make shopping for health insurance more convenient than ever.
Our team at OnSight is in our second year of work with Connect for Health Colorado and we are really proud of the Marketplace’s success and accomplishments.
During its first year, Connect for Health Colorado reached some impressive milestones.
138,978 Individuals and small businesses enrolled in health insurance, and more than 81,736 consumers received cost-saving tax credits.
Online resources were largely glitch-free, and were available to consumers 99.9 percent of the time, leading to more than 2.8 million unique web visits.
More than two thirds of calls placed to the Customer Service Center were answered within 20 seconds.
This year, Connect for Health Colorado has a few new and improved tricks up its sleeve to help consumers have the best possible shopping experience. To support online enrollment efficiency, the Marketplace will launch “Kyla”, a virtual assistant who can help customers through key steps of the enrollment process. Other key services include a Medication Look-Up Tool, which will enable customers to compare and contrast prescription coverage under different policies, as well as an enhanced Provider Directory to help customers ensure their preferred doctor or clinic is included in a plan’s network.
As Connect for Health Colorado embarks on the second enrollment period since its inception, OnSight continues to provide communications and outreach services to the organization. For more information, or to get a head start on your enrollment process, please visit www.connectforhealthco.com.
As of April 14, 2014, Connect for Health Colorado successfully enrolled more than 300,000 Coloradans, with 217,233 of those signed up for private health insurance. The open enrollment period lasted from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. Those unable to complete their enrollment before the March 31 deadline were given until April 15 to finish enrolling.
Despite kinks with the federal health exchange, aka Obamacare, Connect for Health Colorado was largely able avoid tech and customer service glitches and help insurance-seekers in an efficient manner. In the end, Colorado’s marketplace was ranked four out of the 14 state exchanges in terms of enrollment.
Bang for bucks: Best and worst Obamacare exchanges – Colorado is 4th in the nation. (cnbc.com)
With the open enrollment rapidly approaching, Connect for Health Colorado is spreading the word about getting covered before March 31. After this date, most Coloradans will not be eligible to enroll in health insurance coverage until October, and those plans will not kick in until January 1, 2015.
So what does this mean for you?
If you’ve already enrolled, great! You may revel and relax in the fact that you’re covered. If you haven’t enrolled but are planning on it, head to your nearest computer and log on to www.connectforhealthco.com or call the customer service line at 855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749). There are 19 days left in the enrollment period, so get on it!
Barring a life-changing event like loss of coverage or change in citizenship, most Coloradans will not be able to enroll in health coverage after March 31 and will likely incur a fine by the feds.
Avoid all that now and visit Connect for Health Colorado online or in person, and check out plans to fit your needs today.
Connect for Health Colorado has seen much success since it opened on October 1, 2013. Colorado’s new heath insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 220,441 Coloradans in health insurance coverage since opening on October 1, 2014. More than half of those enrolled in private insurance are eligible for tax credits, saving them an average of $248 a month on their premiums (source: 2013 C4HC Annual Summary). While ConnectforHealthCO.com saw some hiccups during the first week, the issues were quickly resolved and the site now has 1,024,254 unique visitors. View more metrics here.
There are dozens of Assistance Sites located all over the state with Health Coverage Guides available to help Coloradans look for insurance options. Click here to find an Assistance Site near you.
Just two weeks ago, we took off on a 10-day, statewide RV tour to educate Coloradans about health insurance options and available financial assistance through Connect for Health Colorado.
The goal of the tour? Inform the masses! With deadlines approaching, it’s important for every Coloradan to know their options. Folks have until December 23 to sign up and be covered by Jan. 1, 2014. Those who miss this deadline have until March 31, 2014 to enroll for health coverage—but the earlier one enrolls, the better!
The Connect for Health Colorado RV “tour guides” met with insurance-seekers from all over the state — and had a blast along the way. Here’s a look at our itinerary:
- Thursday, Dec. 5: Fort Morgan & Greeley
- Friday, Dec. 6: Fort Collins & Loveland
- Saturday, Dec. 7: Breckenridge & Dillon
- Sunday, Dec. 8: Lakewood
- Monday, Dec. 9: Colorado Springs
- Tuesday, Dec. 10: Pueblo
- Wednesday, Dec. 11: Pagosa Springs & Durango
- Thursday, Dec. 12: Montrose & Grand Junction
- Tuesday, Dec. 17: Limon
- Wednesday, Dec. 18: Aurora
- Thursday, Dec. 19: Thorton
Click here to learn more out the Holiday Connect to Coverage tour, and other upcoming events. And don’t forget to enroll for coverage by December 23!
Connect for Health Colorado is preparing to open for business in October of 2013.
OnSight’s work with Connect for Health Colorado continues as the insurance marketplace prepares to open in October of this year. Last week Colorado’s Department of Insurance announced that eleven insurance carriers will participate in the state health marketplace. More health care options for Coloradans is a great thing, and we’re excited to to help Connect for Health as they get ready to launch.
Through Connect for Health Colorado, consumers will be able to choose from many health insurance carriers at competitive rates. Prices may be even lower for many Coloradans because of new financial assistance available only through Connect for Health Colorado.
Participating carriers include All Savers Insurance Company (part of United HealthCare), Anthem, Cigna, Colorado Choice, Colorado HealthOP, Denver Health, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, New Health Ventures and Rocky Mountain Health Plans. The health care plans are all designed to be sold only on the exchange, and include doctor visits, hospitalizations, maternity care, emergency room care, and prescriptions.
Connect for Health Colorado kicked off its public outreach campaign with TV and print ads. Groups may request a speaker from the organization to learn more about the health care marketplace, and representatives from Connect for Health Colorado will begin visiting communities around the state this summer.
Individuals and small businesses in Colorado will be able to start shopping for health care this October, and coverage will begin January 2014. Click here to learn more about Connect for Health Colorado.