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Affordable Care Act Information

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. How to apply for the affordable care act Colorado Peak health assistance Connect for Colorado health insurance application
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What do I need to apply for health insurance?

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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, 2014.

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 for more information.

Connect for Colorado

Toll free: 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU
TDD: 1-855-346-3432

Colorado Peak health insurance
Toll free: 1-800-221-3943
TDD: 1-800-659-2656

Helpful videos on applying for health insurance
Video on the Affordable Care Act
What you need to do to get ready for health insurance changes in Colorado
How do I apply for the ACA video
How to apply for coverage

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

Connect for health logo 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. Health assistance scheduling tool

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

Jennie Quevedo
(970) 471-3510
Yolanda Thierfelder
(970) 471-3554

Sonia Acosta
(970) 471-6954

Maricela Pinela

For more general information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit

Additional information

What are the departments that manage health insurance and what are their specific duties-|

What to expect after my application is completed-|

Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP) and the Affordable Care Act fact sheet-| has answers to questions about the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid expansion, Connect for Health Colorado and the individual mandate-|

Connect for Health Colorado marketplace-|

Schedule an appointment with a navigator for help getting health insurance-|

Colorado Geographical Rating Areas-|

Human Services - Rifle
195 West 14th Street
Rifle, CO  81650
Email Human Services

970-625-5282 | phone
970-625-0927 | fax

  Human Services - Glenwood Springs
108 8th Street, Suite 300
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601
Email Human Services

970-945-9191 | phone
970-928-0465 | fax

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