Health Care Exchange Colorado: Needs Hundreds to Sign Up Each Day
Colorado is claiming that it needs hundreds of the currently uninsured to sign up each day for the initial ObamaCare enrollment period of October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Coloradans will have an opportunity at that time to sign up for the new “metal” plans: Bronze Plan, Silver Plan, Gold Plan, and Platinum Plan.
800 Newly Insured Daily a Necessity in CO Exchange
NewsHour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser stated, “In order to make the exchange eventually pay for itself, the outgoing insurance commissioner has said the exchange will need to sign up 800 people a day in the first six months.” That is a large number and Colorado is concerned they won’t meet that number.
The Executive Director of the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, Dede de Percin, believes it will take some time for people to switch over. She compares this change of social consciousness to seat belts: “I was arguing with somebody about this, and they said, the fines aren’t high enough, people are never going to—and I said, seat belts. And he looked at me. And I was like, I’m 53 years old. My mother just threw her hand across my chest. And the reason why I wear my seat belt now is not because of a fine. It’s because we had that sort of cultural shift.”
Sign Up in Colorado
The good news is you don’t have to wait till the Exchange is available to sign up if you are without health insurance now. Many providers will extend coverage through December 2014, therefore it might be a good idea to lock in a lower rate now on an inexpensive plan like SmartSense CO that offers inexpensive doctor visits, a wide range of deductibles, and free preventive services.
If you are curious about plan options in Colorado or in your state call 800-930-7956 or contact Medicoverage.