Eric Galatas, Public News Service

Colorado saw an unprecedented drop in the number people without health insurance in 2015, but some 353,000 residents still don’t have coverage. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative talked directly to consumers to find out what’s working, and what needs to be improved with the state’s enrollment process. 

Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement with the group, says cost is still the biggest barrier, and the state can do a better job of explaining available subsidies and tax credits, and penalties for not having coverage.

“There is financial assistance available,” says Fox. “It does make a significant difference in how much somebody is paying per month in their premiums. And clearly state what the risks are if somebody doesn’t get health coverage.”

Read the full article and listen to the radio segment here.

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