Colorado has a new, one-stop destination where small businesses, people who purchase their own health insurance, and the more than 800,000 Coloradans who are currently uninsured can find and purchase affordable health plans. Connect for Health Colorado is an online marketplace created by an act of the Colorado legislature as part of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. On their site employers and individuals can compare various health plans, receive guidance from insurance experts and brokers, and learn more about their health care options. Connect for Health is also be the only site where Coloradans can determine if they qualify for cost-saving programs that will reduce their premium and copay bills. Health plans purchased on the site starting in October will start going into effect on January 1, 2014.
Mental Health America of Colorado has been a part of creating this new marketplace since 2011, and we are determined to help make it a success. The Connect for Health exchange encourages personal responsibility when it comes to health care coverage, and the benefits go beyond just health. Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who currently have no health insurance will finally have the opportunity to afford private plans and achieve the economic stability that comes with being insured. When more people don't have to worry about going bankrupt in order to pay for medical care, and when they finally have access to adequate health care, they are more productive and energize the consumer economy.
We encourage Coloradans to visit Connect for Health Colorado and learn about how this innovative site can help more of us access affordable health coverage and stay healthy.