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As part of an ongoing series, we will check in with each state¹s health insurance exchange and provide latest available open enrollment numbers, important details and any recent news. Our latest featured exchange is Connect for Health Colorado.
Exchange type: State-based
Enrollment update: 187,234 Coloradans enrolled in health insurance coverage through the Connect for Health Colorado exchange between Oct. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2014, The Denver Post reported this week.1 Of that total, 117,607 enrolled in Medicaid and 69,627 enrolled in private health insurance plans.
As of Feb. 5, 2014, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that 12.7 percent of the total population eligible for marketplace coverage in Colorado had enrolled. Colorado ranked 7th in terms of percentage of eligible residents enrolled in exchange-based health insurance coverage.2
In related news: On Feb. 3, 2014, Kaiser Health News published "The 10 Most Expensive Insurance Markets in the U.S." The Colorado Mountain Resort
Region, which includes counties that are home to Aspen and Vail ski resorts, topped the list. The ranking is based on the lowest price Silver plan, which amounted to $483 in this area.3
Colorado's first statewide health insurance carrier has attracted 1 in 10 exchange enrollees. On Jan. 25, 2014, Colorado HealthOP, issued a press release announcing that it held 10 percent of the market share among those who had enrolled in health insurance coverage through Connect for Health
Colorado.4 Including Colorado Health OP, ConnectforHealthCO.com lists 10 carriers for its individual and family marketplace. It is among six carriers offering health insurance coverage in the small group marketplace.5
Additionally, reports from several media outlets, including KRCC, Connect for Health Colorado officials reported at the end of January that the
state's exchange is on its way to being self-sustaining when federal subsidies run out next year.6
1Draper, Electra. (2014, February 4) "Colorado Health Exchange Enrolls 187,000 in Private Plans, Medicaid." The Denver Post.
2The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. (n.d.) "Marketplace Enrollment as a Share of the Marketplace Eligible Population."
3Rau, Jordan. (2014, February 3) "The 20 Most Expensive Insurance Markets in the U.S." Kaiser Health News.
4Colorado HealthOP. (2014, January 25) "One in 10 Coloradans Choose Colorado HealthOP on State¹s Health Insurance Marketplace."
5Connect for Health Colorado. (n.d.) Health and Dental Options.
6Stein, Nat and AP. (2014, January 31) "Connect for Health Colorado: On Track to be Self-Sustaining." KRCC.
Jenifer Dorsey is a freelance writer whose specialties include health and fitness, wellness, sports and recreation. She is a competitive amateur track cyclist who also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping and other outdoor adventure. Jenifer received a B.A. in journalism from Columbia College Chicago and is an MFA candidate at Naropa University. She lives in Colorado.