Ready, set, enroll – it’s cheaper and easier than you think!

Written by: Samantha Espinoza
Date Posted: November 1, 2019

Health insurance is critically important for families and kids. Children with health insurance are less likely to drop out of high school, more likely to finish college, and have higher incomes as adults. Also, having health insurance improves access to critical health services, reduces infant, child and maternal mortality, improves mental health and provides financial security. Despite these proven benefits, more than four percent of kids and 10 percent of adults in Colorado lack health insurance.

If you don’t have health insurance through a publicly-financed program (like Medicaid or Medicare) or through your job, it’s time to sign up now. Open enrollment for coverage in the individual market and through our state’s health exchange, Connect for Health Colorado starts today and closes Jan. 15, 2019. But you need to enroll in a new plan or renew your coverage by Dec. 15 to have coverage that starts Jan. 1.

This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around. Rates have changed, and you can likely find more affordable or better coverage. Start looking for the best plan for you and your family now. Click here to shop for affordable 2020 health plan options.

Financial help is also available. Connect for Health Colorado is the only place you can use it to lower your premiums. Don’t assume you make too much to qualify. The threshold is double what many Coloradans assume – roughly $50,000 for an individual and more than $100,000 for a family of 4. And most Coloradans who receive financial help are able to purchase a plan with a $50 a month premium or less.

Samantha Espinoza

About Samantha Espinoza

Sam joined the Colorado Children’s Campaign staff as a Policy Analyst after serving as their Government Affairs Intern while completing her MSW at the University of Denver. Her portfolio of policy issues includes child health, family planning and maternal and infant mental health. Sam is a military veteran whose greater part of professional experience is grounded in research, advocacy and supporting children who face adversity.