Connect for Health Colorado

HEALTH
10:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Enrollment Centers Help Coloradans Navigate Health Coverage Options

Janet Schafer, background, and Anna Cubel, foreground, at Hilltop's Health Access site in Grand Junction. Cubel is answering a caller's questions about open enrollment.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Open enrollment for Colorado’s health exchange ends Feb. 15. If you need help figuring out coverage options there are enrollment centers across the state where you can get it.  

Hilltop’s Health Access site in Grand Junction is busy. It's 1 of 13 enrollment centers in the state.

People can come here to get help navigating Colorado’s insurance exchange.

Rhonda Lofing manages the site for Hilltop, a local nonprofit. Lofing is also a certified health coverage guide.

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HEALTH
4:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

More than 100000 Coloradans Enroll For Private Health Plans

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According to the latest data, more than 100,000 Coloradans have sign up for private health insurance through the state’s exchange.  

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado started last month.

As of Monday, more than 136,000 residents have signed up for coverage.

Breaking down those numbers, more the 27,000 people enrolled for Medicaid and 932 signed up for CHP+, the state’s health plan for low-income children and pregnant women.

The exchange has also seen more than 108,000 enrollments in private insurance plans.

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HEALTH
2:55 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

More Than 20000 Enroll For Health Coverage In Nov.

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Officials with Connect for Health Colorado say more than 22,000 people enrolled for health coverage last month.

Open enrollment for the state’s insurance exchange began on Nov. 15.  

During the first two-week enrollment period 9,719 people signed up for private coverage, 12,533 enrolled for Medicaid, and 172 signed up for the state's Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), according to state data. 

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NEWS
8:14 am
Mon November 24, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

  Newscast

  • Agreement on Roan Plateau drilling sees leases canceled
  • DMEA struggles to work internet into fiber optic plans
  • Open enrollment in Connect for Health Colorado begins
HEALTH
4:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Health Coverage Guide Discusses Colorado Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace.
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Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance exchange, has started. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

Connect for Health has health coverage guides across the state that help people navigate the marketplace and buy an insurance plan.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Maria Forster, a health coverage guide for Volunteers of America, about the exchange and the people who are signing up for insurance.  

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HEALTH
4:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins For Colorado's Health Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
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Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance marketplace, started Saturday. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

“It’s important for Coloradans to know that if they want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2015, they need to enroll, select a plan and conclude the process by Dec. 15,” says Linda Gann with Connect For Health on the Western Slope. 

The state exchange, which is separate from the federal marketplace, allows people and small businesses to purchase health insurance and apply for federal subsidies. 

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HEALTH
10:44 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Numbers Of Americans With Health Plans Way Up, But States Vary

Arkansas, Kentucky, Delaware and Colorado have all seen significant increases since 2013 in the percentage of residents who have health insurance.
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Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 7:47 am

A Gallup poll released Tuesday suggests the Affordable Care Act is significantly increasing the number of Americans with health insurance, especially in states that are embracing it. It echoes previous Gallup surveys, and similar findings by the Urban Institute and Rand Corp.

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HEALTH
10:09 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Obamacare Subsidies Rulings Don't Affect Colorado

Two contradictory rulings on Obamacare subsidies don’t affect the Colorado insurance marketplace.

Politico reports one of the U.S. Court of Appeals rulings upholds the subsidies while the other strikes them down for millions of Americans who get coverage under the federal health exchange.

"Here in Colorado we are very fortunate that in 2011 our state legislature on a bipatrisain bases opted to create a state based marketplace," said Linda Gann who works on the Western Slope for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s exchange.

NEWS
3:29 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Wreck on Stewart Mesa Kills One
  • Garfield County Asks Hickenlooper to Intervene on Healthcare Rules
  • Man Shot on Orchard Mesa Was wanted by State Authorities
  • State Oil and Gas Officials Looking Into Spill in Mesa County
  • State Tightens Spill Reporting Requirements
  • Volunteers Gather for Kids' Christmas Party in the North Fork
NEWS
9:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines. which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NEWS
9:57 am
Tue December 17, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Headline

  • Delta County Commissioners adopt 2014 Budget
  • Local Grower wants to use Hostetler Hen House
  • Sounds of the High Country - Tree Health in the West
  • State Loses Personal Information for 18,800 Employees
  • Ouray Student Selected as Alternative Delegate to Senate Youth Program
  • Over 137,000 Coloradans Signed Up for New Health Exchange So Far
NEWS
8:15 am
Mon December 9, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 9, 2013

  Headlines

  • Connect for Health CEO Criticized for Requesting Raise
  • State Democrat Don Quick Enters Attorney General Race
  • Athletes Across Colorado Gearing Up for Shot at Olympics
  • Aspen Dog-Sledding Operation Accused of Animal Cruelty
NEWS
9:03 am
Fri December 6, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, December 6, 2013

Headlines

  • US Forest Service Unveils Plan for Forest Recovery
  • More Snow Possible for Western Colorado
  • Connecting the Drops - Hydropower on the Colorado River
  • Coloradans Enrolling in New Health Exchange in Higher Numbers
NEWS
8:59 am
Tue November 19, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • Investigation Begins into Deaths of 2 Miners at Revenue-Virginus Mine
  • Enviromental Critics Say New Air Quality Moves are Purely Political
  • Industry Proponents Reserving Judgement on Air Quality Rules, For Now
  • Median Income in Delta County Ranks in Bottom Third of the State
  • Over 53,000 Coloradans Now Enrolled in New Health Exchange
NEWS
8:45 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, November 15, 2013

Headlines

  • State Finalizes Grants for Rural Movie Theaters
  • Last of 4 Anti-Fracking Measures on Front Range Narrowly Passes, Recount Likely
  • Mesa County School District Seeing More Students Expelled for Pot
  • Over 3700 Enrolled in Colorado's New Health Exchange
  • Compromise Reached Between Ski Areas, BLM & Forest Service Over Water Rights Bill
  • Increased Fines for Truckers on Independence Pass Moving Forward
NEWS
8:36 am
Tue November 12, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Moffact County Officials Criticize BLM's Approach to Sage Grouse Plans
  • Garfield County Outlines Sage Grouse Protection Plan
  • Rocky Mountains Seeing More Horizontal Drilling than Rest of U.S.
  • Connect for Health Officials Working on Faster Insurance Applications
  • Basalt Residents Will See Vote on Retail Marijuana
  • Adams County Republican Joins Governor's Race 
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HEALTH
1:29 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Motion: Connect for Health Colorado

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot explores her options for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act with Maria Forster at Connect for Health Colorado.

We also spoke with I-News Network reporter Kristin Jones about a recent statewide survey looking at the state of healthcare in Colorado.

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NEWS
12:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Montrose, Hotchkiss Connect for Health Offices See Busy First Days

The Connect for Health Office in Montrose
Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday.

Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says she’s received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people she’s talked to so far want to know whether they’re eligible for financial assistance.

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NEWS
9:10 am
Thu October 3, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 3, 2013

Headlines 

  • State Lawmakers Won't Hold Special Session on Flood Recovery
  • Montrose and Hotchkiss Healthcare Exchange Offices Busy for Opening Days
  • Over 600 BLM Employees Furloughed after Government Shutdown
  • Lawsuit Filed Against Petition Signatures for School Funding Tax Proposal
  • "Neighbors, Strangers and Friends" Exhibit  on Display at Creamary Arts Center through 10/4/13
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NEWS
9:08 am
Wed October 2, 2013

KVNF local Newscast: Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Headlines

  • Bike Tour at Colorado National Monument to Proceed Despite Government Shutdown
  • Maroon Bells, Area Military Installations Impacted by Shutdown
  • Colorado's Online Health Exchange Sees Heavy Traffic During First Day
  • Colorado Becomes First State to Accept Retail Marijuana Shop Applications
  • Former GOP Leader Mike Kopp Enters Governor's Race
  • Nucla Woman Charged with Attempted Second-Degree Murder