New access to coverage for criminal justice populations

The New York Times recently highlighted efforts in Colorado and other states to help individuals involved in the criminal justice system access to health insurance.  In states like Colorado that have chosen to expand Medicaid, single, childless adults, who comprise a large portion of the criminal justice population, are now eligible for Medicaid.  While inmates in […]

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Federal bill would expand health care access for immigrants

On Thursday, March 13, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced the Health Access and Equity under the Law (HEAL) for Immigrant Women and Families Act of 2014 (H.R. 4240).  This bill would increase access to health coverage under Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP or CHP+ in Colorado), and private insurance for immigrants. The bill […]

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Colorado consumer advocates release new report on insurance exchange

Four Colorado consumer advocacy organizations released a report on March 10 that summarizes feedback from enrollment and eligiblity professionals and makes a number of recommendations to improve the eligibility structure for people seeking coverage through Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO), Colorado’s health insurance marketplace. This report is the second in a series issued by the Consumer Engagement […]

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Uninsured Children by County

The Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families released a national county by county map to help identify and target uninsured low income children for enrollment in coverage. In Colorado, the counties identified as having some of the highest rates of uninsured children are Cheyenne (27.8 percent), Jackson (24.7 percent) and Custer (19 percent).

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Tax Credits Matter

Some people may not be aware that premium tax credits available through Connect for Health Colorado can significantly reduce the cost of coverage.  For example, comparing the cost of health insurance for residents of Denver and Garfield County, a recent CCLP report  found that many plans available through Connect for Health Colorado were less expensive in Garfield […]

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Garfield County Input Session: Questions about Cost of Insurance

On Friday, February 21st, the Garfield County Board of County Commissioners held a special meeting in Glenwood Springs to discuss health insurance premiums for Garfield County residents offered through Connect for Health Colorado.  Many concerned citizens and business owners testified about the impact of high insurance premiums on themselves and their businesses.  Garfield County is […]

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Enrollment Update: Connect for Health Colorado

Nearly 80,000 people have signed up for coverage through Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance marketplace. CCLP is encouraged that 56 percent of enrollees have taken advantage of tax credits to help them pay for their insurance premiums.  In total, more than 183,000 accounts have been created, suggesting that many more Coloradans may sign up […]

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Primary Care Workforce: Regional Disparities

The Colorado Health Institute released a report this week examining regional disparities in Colorado’s Primary Care Workforce. According to the report, the data show significant regional variations in the availability of primary care across Colorado.  The report notes the decline in the percentage of physicians delivering primary care from 30.5 percent in 2008 to 28 percent in […]

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Colorado insurance marketplace enrollment update; funding for assistance network

The board of directors for Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s state-based insurance marketplace, met February 10.  Staff announced that over 73,000 Coloradans have signed up for insurance coverage since October 1, 2013.  More than 22,000 of those enrollments occurred since January 1.  With the open enrollment period continuing through March 31, it is expected the […]

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Treasury Department delays employer mandate for some companies

On Monday, February 10th, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that it would further delay the requirement that some mid-sized employers offer health insurance to their employees.  The final regulations extend the current delay of the employer mandate for companies with between 50 and 99 full time employees for an additional year. The Affordable Care Act […]

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Colorado Division of Insurance to study variation in health insurance premiums in Colorado

This week, the Colorado Division of Insurance announced that it will study the impact of health care costs and cost drivers on the variation in health insurance premiums across the state. Colorado Commissioner of Insurance, Marguerite Salazar, said that the study will be completed by May.  The DOI  intends to gather a “diverse group of stakeholders including […]

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