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When you’re a healthy 33 year old, newly divorced, with a low-paying job, health insurance doesn’t seem like a priority. At least that’s what I thought when I decided not to purchase health insurance.
Collecting and sharing consumer stories is a large part of our work, mostly so we can champion the successes Colorado consumers have with the Affordable Care Act. Sometimes, though, we receive stories of Coloradans looking to share experiences that aren’t so positive.
Last week, The Colorado Health Foundation held the first Building Better Health: Enroll 2015 conference, and brought together health coverage guides, insurance brokers, community-based organizations, and many others, to demonstrate how sharing stories is necessary to get as many Coloradans covered.
In the beginning of October, both Ryan Biehle and I attended the 27th Annual State Health Policy Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference, held by the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP), brought together over 600 health policy professionals from across the United States.
The Affordable Care Act is working as intended. Before the ACA, rates were increasing at an average of 8% in the individual market and 4.6% in the small group market from 2007 to 2012. For next year we know that individual plans are on average only increasing 0.71% and small group plans are going up by 2.54%. Overall, this is only a 1.18% increase in rates from 2014 to 2015.
Check out our new infographic that explains, in both English and Spanish, health insurance eligibility for mixed status families. It breaks down qualifications for financial assistance (tax credit, Medicaid, and/or CHP+) by monthly incomes.
On Monday, September 8th, Hunger Free Colorado, the leading anti-hunger organization in the state, held their fourth-annual summit to kick off Hunger Awareness Month. Over 200 community leaders came together to strategize ways to improve access to healthy food for all Coloradans.
Colorado has been hard at work since 2011 to establish a state-based marketplace. Since the beginning of this process, Connect for Health Colorado’s (C4HCO) Board has made over 60 major policy decisions on the structure of C4HCO. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and the Colorado Center on Law and Policy have taken a closer look at four key decisions the Board made when designing the marketplace:
Since my last check up, I’ve been diagnosed with two cancers, an unexpected blood clot, had three surgeries, and have a future of chemotherapy ahead of me. Before these diagnoses, I got enrolled for coverage through Connect For Health Colorado. And thank goodness – because without health insurance, the $100,000 worth of expenses would have bankrupted me.
While consumers buying individual health insurance plans for themselves and their families had to pay attention to the open enrollment deadline this past spring, small businesses buying insurance for their employees are not limited to that deadline. Small businesses are eligible to purchase health insurance year-round.