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by Matthew Valeta, Health Policy Analyst

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.

by Amber Burkhart, Health Policy Fellow

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.

Connect for Health Colorado: Key Policy Decisions

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:

by Barry George

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.

by the Colorado Division of Insurance

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.

by Tom Crowe, Safety Net Clinic Week Project Coordinator, ClinicNET

Safety Net Clinic Week Kickoff Celebration on Friday, August 15th at Inner City Health Center was a great success! Sharon Adams, Executive Director of ClinicNET, Katherine Mulreedy, Policy Advisor from the Governor's Office, and Kraig Burleson, CEO of Inner City Health Center, smile after the Governor's Proclamation was read announcing Safety Net Clinic Week 2014!

by Amber Burkhart, Health Policy Fellow

While most Coloradans are still enjoying the heat of the summer, Connect For Health Colorado is gearing up for open enrollment, starting November 15, 2014! Using lessons learned over the past year, the staff at C4HCO is working hard to ensure that effective outreach strategies are in place and that the website is ready for go-live.

by Allie Broas, Program and Administrative Assistant

Colorado has announced its placement, among six other states, that plan on extending the Medicaid pay raise for primary care doctors in 2015.

by Marilyn Kruse

In 2003, I walked out of a job at a large school district where I had worked for the last 14 years with few regrets.  The job never really suited me, or vice versa, but I had given it all I had.  Now it was time to move on, and help with some family issues that had been put on the back burner for too long. However, I was beginning to feel some trepidation about health insurance.