Health insurance options still available for some in Eagle County
EAGLE COUNTY — Open enrollment for private health insurance through the state’s health insurance marketplace has ended, but some residents can still get coverage under certain circumstances. Individuals who experience life changes that impact health insurance may qualify for a 60-day “special enrollment period” to get new coverage through Connect for Health Colorado.
Examples of these types of events include marriage, divorce, having or adopting a child, turning 26 years of age, moving to Colorado, losing health coverage, losing employer-provided coverage, becoming a citizen and being released from prison or jail. Also, residents who are eligible for programs such as Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus can sign up year-round.
Those who have experienced a life-changing event and need to update or enroll in coverage are invited to join local Connect for Health Colorado health coverage guides for an informational session to ask questions and receive application assistance. The event is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday at Colorado Mountain College at 150 Miller Ranch Road in Edwards.
Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the guides, who can answer questions and provide personalized enrollment assistance. All health coverage guides are bilingual in English and Spanish. Those who are unable to attend an informational session can make individual appointments by contacting Maricela Pinela at 970-471-0672.
The next open enrollment period for 2015 private health insurance is Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a guide online, visit http://www.eaglecounty.us/Health Assistance. More information about Connect for Health Colorado is available at http://www.ConnectforHealthCO.com or by calling 1-855-752-6749.
Melina Valsecia said her experience as an immigrant in Eagle County helped her understand the need for a new way of looking at how service providers engage with the growing Latino population, many of whom are first- or second-generation immigrants.