President Obama praises ACA

On Tuesday January 28th, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address.  The speech focused on solutions to income inequality and the importance of raising the minimum wage, and highlighted the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. “Already, because of the Affordable Care Act, more than 3 million Americans under age 26 have […]

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Connect for Health Colorado enrollment update

Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s state-based health insurance marketplace, announced January 31 that over 69,000 people have enrolled in coverage since October 1, 2013.  January alone saw 16,000 additional sign-ups.  We anticipate the rate of enrollments will remain strong through the end of this year’s open enrollment period, which is March 31. Patty Fontneau, Connect […]

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Negotiators agree on new Farm Bill

On Monday January 27th, House and Senate negotiators agreed to a new version of the Farm bill, capping two years of contentious debate over cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or “food stamps.”  The final agreement, which passed the House on Wednesday January 29th, includes $8 billion in cuts to the […]

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Insurance marketplace updates Colorado General Assembly

Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO), Colorado’s state-based health insurance marketplace, issued its annual report to the Colorado General Assembly on January 23. In a briefing to a joint meeting of the Colorado House and Senate health committees, Patty Fontneau, C4HCO’s CEO, and Gretchen Hammer, C4HCO’s board chair, described the financial status and various operational achievements […]

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Specialist pay soars and hospital chain investigated for inflating bills

Two articles in the New York Times this week raise concerns about the charges for and medical necessity of health services for which many patients and their insurance companies are being billed. On Saturday, Elizabeth Rosenthal reported that pay for specialists has risen dramatically in recent years as costs for patients have continued to increase. The article […]

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Health Law and Policy Update: Marketplace enrollment data and government shutdown

Open enrollment day 18 Individuals and small businesses can now shop for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s new health insurance marketplace. Coverage begins January 1, 2014. This week’s updates: Press Conference: Amendment 66 and health care (October 22) Connect for Health Colorado releases week one enrollment numbers, interest high Government reopens as Obamacare remains […]

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Historical moment for health: Shop for insurance and apply for financial assistance now through March 31

For the first time in Colorado’s history, more people than ever before are now eligible for some type of low cost health insurance. From now until March 31, 2014, qualifying Colorado residents can seek out affordable health coverage and apply for it online, in person, by mail or over the phone. Coverage can be purchased […]

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