Individuals and families still looking to purchase health insurance are now eligible to enroll through Connect for Health Colorado or directly with an insurance company until March 16, a two-month extension.
The Colorado Division of Insurance issued an emergency regulation so people affected by the Marshall Fire or the current COVID-19 surge may continue to enroll. People are allowed to self-attest that they qualify to enroll insurance without providing documentation.
This Special Enrollment Period is designed for people currently without insurance to sign up, but does not extend to individuals seeking to change their existing coverage or carriers.
Two health insurance companies offer coverage to individuals and families in the Aspen to Parachute area, Rocky Mountain Health Plans and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. They offer different plans at different prices, so it’s worthwhile examining them on the website for Connect for Health Colorado, or on the phone with a Connect for Health Assister.
In a related development, the Biden Administration extended the Public Health Emergency nationwide through April 16. This extension means that no one will lose their Medicaid benefits until that date, regardless of their current financial situation. The Medicaid program is set up for people younger than 65 who cannot afford private health insurance.