For over 2 years now, Colorado has been building its health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Come October 1st, Colorado consumers will be able to browse health plans, compare prices and get estimates for the federal subsidies that they will qualify for if they purchase insurance through the marketplace.
By Kenia Morales – Communications and Social Media Manager Adelante con la Salud: Latino Health Care Engagement Project.
Adelante con la Salud: Latino Healthcare Engagement Project educates and outreaches to Latinas/os and providers about the new healthcare law and its impact on our state. In late April, we conducted a poll in partnership with Latino Decisions that confirmed the need for targeted outreach to Latinos regarding the new healthcare law. Our poll illustrated that 69% of respondents felt the new law is “confusing and complicated,” and that an overwhelming 89% of Latinos wanted to learn more. After hearing basic information, 75% of those surveyed believed that the ACA would have positive outcomes for Latino community in the long run, compared to 16% who responded that it would be bad. Of those surveyed, cost ranked as one of the biggest questions about Obamacare. 39% of families earning less than $40,000 per year responded that they went without health insurance, for even one month in the last 12 months. Our survey is very much in line with national statistics about health care coverage in the Latino community. In 2011, nearly one in three people who lacked health insurance in the US were Latinos.
Colorado is committed to becoming the healthiest state in America, that message was stated loud and clear by Gov. John Hickenlooper at his State of Health address on Monday, May 6, which kicked off the release of Colorado's State of Health report.
Getting the care you need, when you need it, isn’t too much to ask. Colorado’s legislators and Governor Hickenlooper really took this idea to heart this year as they helped move toward barrier-free access to quality and affordable health care for all Coloradans.
Summer is right around the corner and with flowers in bloom and leafs returning to the trees it is that time of year for checkups. We want to make sure those winter bugs are out of our system, and welcome in the warmth of the sun with a clean slate of health. Just as much as we take care of ourselves, many of us are taking care of our furry friends too, at least many of us at CCHI are. A few of our cat-loving staffers have been taking their bundles of fur to the vet and after sharing our stories we quickly realized everyone should have care as great as our cats do!
This April, we are recognizing Minority Health Month. As health care advocates, we know that minorities are more likely to experience barriers when trying to access care. Getting the care you need when you need it is not too much to ask. Minority Health Month is a good time to remind us all that health disparities still exist.
There are approximately 800,000 Coloradans that go without health insurance largely because of the costs. Fortunately, Obamacare is about to make a major dent in this number. According to a recent report from the health care consumer organization Families USA, 466,000 Coloradans will be eligible for premium tax credits that will help them pay for health insurance. Coloradans between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty line will be eligible to receive health care tax credits if they purchase insurance from Colorado new health care exchange marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. These subsidies are available as soon as you purchase health insurance and go directly to your insurer.
On March 28th, CCHI testified in favor of HB13-1266 “Health Insurance Alignment Federal Law.” HB13-1266 will align Colorado’s law with the consumer protections in Obamacare and establish one set of health insurance rules in Colorado. Putting federal consumer protections into Colorado law will ensure that the Commissioner of Insurance is able to implement and enforce these protections in Colorado. This bill is the culmination of a nearly two-year long collaborative process that involved the Division of Insurance, consumer advocates, health care providers, businesses, policymakers, and insurance carriers in identifying inconsistencies between state and federal health care laws. The Colorado House Health, Insurance & Environment committee passed the bill on a bipartisan vote of 9-2.