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Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act started November 1, 2015 and runs through January 31, 2016. During this time you may enroll for the first time, renew

your current plan, or switch plans all together. If you were enrolled in a plan in 2015, the benefit year ends on December 31, 2015. You will have to renew or change plans by January 31, 2016 to avoid losing insurance for the rest of the year and incurring a financial penalty known as the Individual Shared Responsibility Provision. For the uninsured, this penalty will increase each year. You can find more about the increase for 2015, here. This year, there are a number of plans that might save you some money and Connect for Health Colorado is the only place to make changes or enroll in a new plan.

Connect for Health Colorado provides assistance in a number of ways. You can reach them by phone at 855-752-6749, 303-590-9675, or through their TTY line at 855-346-3432, Wednesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday-Monday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Tuesday 7 a.m.-Midnight. 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:

  • Women’s Care Clinic - Pavilion C, 790 Delaware Street, Denver, CO 80204
  • Eastside Health Center - 501 28th Street, Denver, CO 80205
  • La Casa/Quigg Newton Health Center - 4545 Navajo Street, Denver, CO 80211
  • Lowry Health Center - 1001 Yosemite Street, Denver, CO 80230
  • Montbello Health Center - 12600 E. Albrook Drive, Denver, CO 80239
  • Park Hill Health Center - 4995 E. 33rd Avenue, Denver, CO 80207
  • Westside Health Center - 1100 Federal Blvd., Denver, CO 80204
  • Westwood Health Center - 4320 W. Alaska Street, 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 is one of the few states that opted to establish its own marketplace (Connect for Health Colorado) and expand the Medicaid program. This has resulted in some impressive statistics on the state of health insurance and the insured in Colorado. Below are some of the highlights of The Colorado Health Access Survey (CHAS) administered by the Colorado Health Institute:

  • 2015 uninsured rate fell to 6.7% (353,000) from a 2011 high of 15.8% (829,000).
  • 4,942,000 Coloradans now have health insurance.
  • Jefferson County saw the greatest decrease in uninsured, falling from 11.6% to 2.8%.
  • Douglas County has the lowest amount of uninsured in Colorado at 2.4%.
  • Only 2.5% of children under 19 are uninsured. This is down from 7.0% in 2013.
  • Colorado has 450,000 more Medicaid enrollees in 2015 than in 2013.

You can find more information about these and other Colorado health insurance statistics at the Colorado Health Access Survey website.

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