West Mountain Region Health Assistance Network to host enrollment sessions
Where do I apply for health insurance? Coloradans will have several options to apply for insurance that will begin as early as January 2014. 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.
Important dates for upcoming health insurance changes October 2013 Learn about your options. The Connect for Health Colorado open enrollment period begins October 2013. Learn about your health coverage options and apply when you are ready.
January 1, 2014 Your coverage may begin. Coverage may begin as soon as January 2014 if you are new to Medicaid or you buy insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado market-place.
March 31, 2014
Open enrollment closes. Open enrollment for the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace closes in March 2014. The next open enrollment period begins October 15,
April 15, 2015 Proof of insurance is required.
Unless you are exempt, you must provide proof of insurance when filing
your 2014 taxes. Go to IRS.gov for more information.
Local assistance Eagle County Health and Human Services (ECHHS), in partnership with Garfield County Human Services and Public Health departments and Mountain Family Health Centers, Pitkin County Human Services, Community Health Services, Inc., was one of 58 organizations in Colorado selected to provide in-person assistance to customers of the new health insurance marketplace starting in October. ECHHS received one of the top five funded awards in the state. The grant period runs from July 1, 2013, to December 31, 2014.
Starting in October, Connect for Health Colorado offers individuals, families and small employers a new online marketplace for health insurance, and exclusive access to new up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs. Customers will 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. The marketplace is a public, non-profit entity that was established by a 2011 state law. More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.
The Connect for Health Assistance Network will provide 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 will provide unbiased assistance with considering health plan options, applying for insurance affordability programs and enrolling in health coverage. In addition, they will conduct outreach and public education about Connect for Health Colorado and the range of health coverage and financial assistance options.
The Health Coverage Guides will be located in Aspen, Basalt, Eagle, El Jebel, Glenwood Springs and Rifle. To schedule an appointment with one of our Health Coverage Guides, please use the online scheduling tool.
Community Partner sites that will provide space to meet with customers include the local hospitals - Valley View Hospital, (VVH), Grand River Health (GRH), Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC), Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH), Mountain Family Health Centers, Mind Springs Health and Pitkin County Health & Human Services. Make an appointment.
If you have questions on the new marketplace, or would like to get more information from our Health Assistance Network team, contact:
Garfield County Department of Human Services, 970-945-9191
For more general information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit HealthCare.gov