Affordable Health Care Act
Connect for Health Colorado offers individuals, families and small employers an online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs. Customers can shop through a website and get expert help in person and over the phone from a network of customer service professionals, including customer service center representatives, health coverage guides and certified health insurance agents and brokers.
Health coverage guides
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with local health coverage guides who can answer questions and provide personalized enrollment assistance. You can also schedule an appointment with a Health Coverage Guide.
The Health Assistance Network provides local, in-person assistance to individuals, families and small businesses looking for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. Certified Health Coverage Guides located across the three counties are available to assist with evaluating health plan options, applying for insurance affordability programs and enrolling in health coverage. All health coverage guides are bilingual in English and Spanish and are available by appointment in a variety of locations.
Glenwood Springs: 970-471-3510
Rifle, Parachute: 970-471-6954
El Jebel, Aspen, Basalt: 970-471-3554
Eagle County: 970-471-0672
Community partner sites that will provide space to meet with customers include the local hospitals (VVMC, VVH, GRH, AVH), Mountain Family Health Centers, Mind Springs Health and Pitkin County Health & Human Services.
Where do I apply for health insurance?
To find out if you can get Medicaid or financial assistance to purchase insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace, apply online, in person, by mail or over the phone.
Key dates and deadlines for individuals and families:
• Open Enrollment: November 15, 2014 - February 15, 2015
- You cannot purchase health insurance after this period unless you have a qualifying life-change event, such as marriage, divorce, having a child, losing your employer-sponsored insurance, or moving to Colorado.
• Last day to enroll for coverage beginning January 1, 2015, is December 15, 2014. You must pay your first-month's bill by December 25.
• Last day to enroll for 2015 coverage (absent a life change event): February 15, 2015.
Guides and brokers
Finding and understanding your options is complicated. We suggest Coloradans take advantage of free, in-person help in every county of our state from a statewide network of trained and certified Health Coverage Guides and Brokers. These are experts who can help explain the differences in plans, benefits and costs, and help you through the financial application and enrollment process.
There are more than 1,550 independent brokers and agents, and more than 400 Health Coverage Guides and Certified Application Counselors. To find them in your area (search by zip code) go to http://connectforhealthco.com/help-center/.
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