Have you received your new health insurance card in the mail? Maybe a packet of additional information that leaves you with some questions? In Colorado, almost 135,000 of us enrolled in new health insurance through Connect For Health Colorado!
- There will be Health Coverage Guides at a table in the main hall of the Central Library from 10 a.m. til 2 p.m. on Thursdays, June 19th and 26th to answer any questions you may have.
- They will provide classes on June 26th at noon, and June 30th at 6:30 p.m., in the Rockwell Room, just east of the elevators on Level 4.
- If you can't stop by, you can call Connect For Health Colorado at 1-855-752-6749, or Boomers Leading Change in Health at 303-426-6637. (Ask at your branch. They may be visiting there, too!)
NOTE: We have friendly representatives from Denver Human Services here at Central each Thursday, 10 a.m. til 2 p.m., as well. They answer questions each week and assist lots of people enrolling for food and financial assistance, help with heating costs, and much more.
Health insurance open enrollment is closed for 2014, but there are special circumstances that will allow some to enroll before the marketplace opens again in November. If you meet one of these requirements, or have other questions, you can come and meet with our visiting Health Coverage Guides or call 1-855-752-6749 for assistance. If you qualify for Medicaid, or have children who qualify for CHP+, you can also use the Colorado PEAK website to enroll. Medicaid and CHP+ enrollment is open year round.
"Affordable" Care Act? For who?
For anyone who doesn't have insurance. Curious how the irrational attacks against the ACA have slowly, yet noticeably, faded away now that it's working (for the most part) the way it was intended - by saving people money over what they would have had to fork over directly to insurance companies with no legal buffer that is the ACA. But not to worry, there are still many imaginary "issues" to grump about at the tea-sipping, gun club militia gatherings. BENGHAZI! HILLARY! MUSLIM PRESIDENT! CATTLE GRAZIN'! THE END IS NIGH!!!
I have had to call the Connect for Health Colorado people for some help navigating the website (I was trying to get a feel for what choices I will have when my family enrolls next year - employer provided health insurance will no longer be available to us). The woman I talked to was extremely helpful, walking me through the various plan options and patiently answering all of my questions. Many of the plans are comparable to the employer provided health care we currently have. I am also relieved that my husband cannot be denied insurance due to his ongoing health issues, so I for one am very grateful for this aspect of the Affordable Care Act! Health insurance has not necessarily been "cheap" for us, but it has kept us from going bankrupt after two years of very unexpected, very serious health issues.
While better, yes, we made a colossal error by not going the single-payer route. A real shame. Not surprising, though.