by Eric Galatas
Colorado’s community health centers are pressing forward with efforts to get more residents covered under the Affordable Care Act, despite a recent Texas court ruling that the Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional.
The federal court’s decision is expected to be appealed, and Joseph Rivera, outreach and enrollment lead with Valley-Wide Health Systems, said the ruling doesn’t change anything for 2019 coverage. He added there’s still time to enroll before the state’s January 15 deadline.
“Don’t assume you won’t qualify for assistance to help pay for the cost of care, or that it’s too expensive,” Rivera said. “You can go to the Connect for Health Colorado website and search for a location to receive face-to-face assistance in your area.”
Colorado’s deadline comes a month later than the federal marketplace.
Early indications show enrollment numbers at the national level declined by at least 4 percent from the previous year. The Trump administration said it cut the advertising budget for ACA enrollment by 90 percent to avoid wasteful spending.
“Don’t assume you won’t qualify for assistance to help pay for the cost of care, or that it’s too expensive. You can go to the Connect for Health Colorado website and search for a location to receive face-to-face assistance in your area.”
Jenni Rodríguez, outreach and enrollment lead with the Mountain Family Health Centers, said her team has prioritized its outreach to rural areas, where many people aren’t aware that financial assistance is available.
She said for many Coloradans, coverage can cost less than some cell-phone plans.
“We’ve had a lot of radio commercials, social media, newspapers. We went around and gave presentations to our community partners,” Rodríguez said. “We also canvassed our cities and other small towns, posting flyers, leaving brochures.”
Rivera said health insurance is a complex business decision for many families, and it helps to have access to people who can break down how technical terminology impacts their pocketbooks.
“What a deductible is, a co-insurance, a maximum out-of-pocket – many don’t deal with those terms on a daily basis,” Rivera said. “And so our role is to help people to understand those things.”
He said many families learn about coverage options by word of mouth, and he encouraged Coloradans to help spread the news about the upcoming January 15 deadline, and the assistance available at health centers and online at ConnectforHealthColorado.org, or call 855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749) TTY: 855-346-3432 (Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm) or contact an Enrollment Center.
Colorado Enrollment Centers/ Centros de Inscripcion de Colorado
Alamosa Enrollment Center, Dell’s Insurance Agency, 510 Bell Avenue Alamosa, Colorado 81101, Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, 719-589-3606, language: English.
Aspen Enrollment Center, Devlin Financial Services 312 Airport Business Center Suite F Aspen, Colorado 81611, Tues and Thurs/Martes y Jueves, 9am-5pm, Other hours by appointment. 970-925-9090
Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Aurora Enrollment Center, Connect Aurora, 20971 E Smoky Hill Road Aurora, CO 80015, Tues – Fri/Martes-Viernes, 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-3pm, 303-923-6519, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Centennial Enrollment Center, HealthMarkets, 7400 E Caley Ave Suite 250C, Centennial, Colorado 80111, Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm, Weekend and after hours by appointment, 303-241-7788, Language: English.
Centennial Enrollment Center, HealthMarkets, 6746 S Revere Parkway #180B, Centennial, CO 80112, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 7am-7pm, Sat/Sabado: 8am-5pm. Sunday hours and after hours by appointment only,720-668-8931, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Colorado Springs Enrollment Center, Choice Enrollment 5225 N. Academy Blvd. Ste. 106 Colorado Springs, CO 80918, Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm, Sat: 10am-4pm, Other hours available by appointment, 719-481-1616, Language: English.
Colorado Springs Enrollment Center, HealthMarkets, at Lake Plaza Suites near the World Arena 1255 Lake Plaza Dr., Ste. 250 Colorado Springs, CO 80906, Mon– Fri: 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM, Weekends and after hours available by appointment, 719-203-6424, Language: English.
Craig Enrollment Center, Western Slope Health Insurance, 11 West Victory Way Craig, CO 81625, Mon – Fri: 8am-7pm, Weekend and after hours by appointment, 970-824-1045, Language: English.
Delta Enrollment Center, Watson Insurance & Financial Group 550 Palmer Lane, Suite 103, Delta, CO 81416, Mon & Fri/Lunes-Viernes: 9am-11am, Other days, after hours, and weekends by appointment, 970-249-2298, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Denver Enrollment Center, Express Insurance 5353 W. Dartmouth Ave. Suite 307 Denver, Colorado 80227, Mon-Fri,10am-3pm, 303-990-5051; Language: English, Vietnamese.
Denver Enrollment Center, HealthMarkets, 57 W Alameda Ave Denver, Colorado 80223, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 9am-6pm, Sat: 9am-1pm, 720-253-5491, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Fort Collins Enrollment Center, Sage Benefit Advisors, 1501 S. Lemay Avenue, Suite 200, Fort Collins, CO 80524, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 10am-4pm, Weekends and after hours by appointment, 970-484-1250, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Grand Junction Enrollment Center, Insurance Advisors Agency -Cabela’s Wing of the Mesa Mall, 2424 Highway 6 & 50, Suite 400 Grand Junction, CO 81505, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, after hours and weekends by appointment, 970-255-8240. Language: English.
Grand Junction Enrollment Center, Insurance Planning Alternatives, Inc. 315 N. 7th St. Grand Junction, CO 81501, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 8:30am 4:30pm, Weekends and after hours by appointment, 970-242-7526, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Greeley Enrollment Center, North Colorado Health Alliance – My Health Connections, 1010 A Street (Second Floor,) Greeley, CO 80631, Mon – Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 8am-5pm, Will close at 6 PM two days per week. Please call for details, 970-301-4426, Language(s): English, Español.
Hotchkiss Enrollment Center, Insurance Advisors Agency, Inc at Delta Federal Credit Union, 120 N 6th St Hotchkiss, CO 81419, Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm, Weekends and after hours available by,
970-623-4646, Language: English
Lafayette Enrollment Center, Kelmeg & Associates, 1724 Majestic Drive Suite 109B Lafayette, CO 80026, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 9am-5pm, Weekends and after hours available by appointment, 303-466-9575, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Montrose Enrollment Center, Watson Insurance & Financial Group 1802 South Townsend Ave Montrose, CO 81401, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes: 7 AM – 6 PM, Weekend and after hours by appointment, 970-249-2298, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Northglenn Enrollment Center, Integra Insurance Group, 11172 Huron Street Suite 21, Northglenn, CO 80234, Mon– Fri Lunes-Viernes, 9am-6pm, Weekends and after hours available by appointment, 303-466-5500, Language: English.
Pueblo Enrollment Center, Senior Resource Development Agency – Pueblo Get Covered! 230 N Union Ave Pueblo, Colorado 81003, Mon- Fri Lunes-Viernes, 8am-5pm, Other hours by appointment,719-583-6611, Language/Idioma: English, Español.
Silverthorne Enrollment Center, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, 251 West 4th Street Silverthorne, Colorado 80498, Mon- Thurs/Lunes-Jueves: 7:30am-5:30pm, 970-262-3888, Language/Idioma: English, Español, French, Russian.
Westminster Enrollment Center, HealthMarkets, 12009 Pecos St. Westminster, CO 80234, Mon – Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 8am- 8pm, Sat/Sabado, 8am-4pm, Sun hours available by appointment, 720-479-8597, Language/Idioma: English, Español, German.
Wheat Ridge Enrollment Center, Group Insurance Analysts, Inc – GIA Insurance, 9195 W 44th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, Mon-Fri/Lunes-Viernes, 8am-5pm, Sat/Sabado and after hours available by appointment, 303-423-0162, ext. 100, Language/Idioma: English, Español, Chinese, Lithuanian.
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