Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will begin soon. Here in Colorado, we enroll using a local exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. There are a few dates to be aware of:
- You can renew, change, or sign up for the first time beginning November 1, 2017, through January 12, 2018.
- If you were enrolled in a plan in 2017 the benefit year ends on December 31, 2017.
For states using the federal insurance exchange, https://www.healthcare.gov/, the time for open enrollment has been shortened to November 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017. The website is also offline on Sundays from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET. States that decided to provide their own exchange have a bit more time for enrollment.
Information on the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision from the IRS website:
Executive Order 13765 was issued on January 20, 2017, and directed federal agencies to exercise authority and discretion available to them to reduce potential burden. However, legislative provisions of the ACA are still in force until changed by the Congress, and taxpayers remain obligated to follow the law and pay what they may owe. Taxpayers should continue to file their tax returns as they normally would.
Connect for Health Colorado provides assistance in a number of ways. You can reach them Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in a few different ways:
- Phone 855-752-6749 or 303-590-9675.
- TTY line at 855-346-3432.
- There is also a live chat feature on their website that is available during normal business hours.
Connect for Health Colorado has a number of enrollment centers if you prefer face-to-face assistance. The following link provides the address and hours of operation for each location: http://connectforhealthco.com/resources/person-help/.
Denver Health is also providing Enrollment Specialists at their Community Health Centers:
Eastside Health Center
501 28th St., Denver, CO 80205
La Casa/Quigg Newton Health Center
4545 Navajo St., Denver, CO 80211
Lowry Health Center
1001 Yosemite St., Denver, CO 80230
Montbello Health Center
12600 E. Albrook Dr., Denver, CO 80239
Park Hill Health Center
4995 E. 33rd Ave., Denver, CO 80207
Westside Health Center
1100 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204
Westwood Health Center
4320 W. Alaska St., Denver, CO 80219
To contact any of these locations, call 303-602-2300 or visit their website, Enrollment Services Locations & Appointments. For a list of different immigrant statuses that qualify for enrollment in a health insurance plan, visit healthcare.gov-immigration status.
Colorado opted into the Medicaid expansion provision of the ACA. This means that anyone under the following circumstances may now qualify for Medicaid:
Children ages 0-18 whose household income does not exceed 142% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).
Pregnant women whose household income does not exceed 195% FPL.
Parents and caretaker relatives (applicant must have a dependent child) whose household income does not exceed 68% FPL.
Adults without dependent children whose household income does not exceed 133% FPL.
More information on Medicaid can be found at the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing. To apply online visit the PEAK Colorado website.
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