ACA Is Helping Them Get It Despite Sabotage Efforts
January 16, 2018
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This statement can be attributed to Adam Fox, Director of Strategic Engagement of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and Coalition Organizer for the Protect Our Care Colorado coalition.
DENVER – “Despite a shorter enrollment period and constant sabotage from Republicans in Washington, more than 165,000 Coloradans enrolled in health insurance through our state-based marketplace. This sends a clear message to our members of Congress that Coloradans still want and need health insurance, and the Affordable Care Act is helping them get it.”
“The fact that Colorado established our own marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, meant Colorado was shielded from cuts to outreach and marketing, and the much shorter open enrollment period. While the Trump administration slashed the enrollment window from 3 months to just 45 days nationally, Colorado was able to extend it to 73 days. This allowed more Coloradans to get covered, to access financial assistance for lower premiums, and to protect themselves from large medical bills. However, we know that some Coloradans that don’t qualify for tax credits are struggling to afford health insurance with rate hikes created by confusion and actions of the Trump administration.”
“If politicians in Washington stopped sabotaging people’s health care, perhaps we could focus on addressing insurance affordability challenges in rural parts of our state and work to bring down the actual costs of health care. This open enrollment success is a clear rebuke of those sabotage efforts and should be a warning to our members of Congress against any further attempts at health care cuts.”
Protect Our Care Colorado is a coalition of 48 organizations in Colorado advocating to protect the health care of Coloradans. To learn more about the coalition, visit ProtectOurCareCo.org.