Events

You can find us at the following events:

June 14, 2013
Jefferson County Produce & Health Fair
9 am – 11 am
Healing Waters Family Center
6475 W. 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO

July 12, 2013
Jefferson County Produce & Health Fair
9 am – 11 am
Healing Waters Family Center
6475 W. 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO

August 9, 2013
Jefferson County Produce & Health Fair
9 am – 11 am
Healing Waters Family Center
6475 W. 29th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, CO

CHAMPAIGN — As businesses prepare for more provisions of the Affordable Care Act to take effect, higher education, and community colleges in particular, face unique challenges because of their dependence on part-time employees.

Many institutions are still weighing their options on how to proceed as they await more details from the federal government, but this spring Parkland College in Champaign has moved to cut down on the number of people working dual, part-time positions and informed part-time, non-teaching employees they must not work more than 27.5 hours a week. At Danville Area Community College, administrators said they will be paying close attention to the number of hours part-time workers put in, while also planning for a 9 percent tuition increase. Facing budget pressures, Danville also recently considered (and ended up delaying) suspending some sports programs.

Monday, November 19, 2012

HIE fits nicely into the medical home care model, helping providers track patients after they leave the clinic.

Metro Community Provider Network (MCPN) and Clinica Family Health Services are both safety-net providers in Colorado, meaning they offer services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Most of their patient population is uninsured or covered by Medicaid. With more than 800,000 Coloradans currently lacking health plan coverage, these clinics are a vital part of our community…

The Medical Assistant (MA) staff at MCPN spend a lot of time trying to track down patient records — so they’re enthusiastic about getting records automatically through the HIE. MCPN is now talking about how they can utilize MAs for other areas of patient care, like patient education and outreach…”  Click here to read more.  [Source: CORHIO]

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The passing of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“Affordable Care Act”) provides the State of Colorado an unprecedented opportunity to improve the health of all Coloradans. By expanding access, improving quality and containing costs, this comprehensive health care bill has the potential to dramatically enhance the way Americans receive and pay for health care. Although federally legislated, individual states will take the lead role in implementing the policy and programmatic changes necessary to achieve the Affordable Care Act’s ultimate goal – improved health outcomes for every citizen.

 

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Posted:   06/06/2013 12:01:00 AM MDT
Updated:   06/06/2013 07:54:55 AM MDT

By Michael Booth
The Denver Post

A leading Colorado consumer advocacy group has completed a detailed study of new rates to be offered on the state health insurance exchange and found the price ranges to be “just right.”

The range of rates for sample mid-level insurance plans should calm concerns that expanded benefits and new mandates under “Obamacare” to cover consumers who are already sick will wildly inflate prices for the public, according to the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

Comparing a “silver” level plan from 10 carriers to go on sale starting in October found acceptable prices and robust competition among the insurance companies, said CCHI director Dede de Percin.

“Colorado consumers will be pleased they will have enough health insurance plans from among which to choose without being overwhelmed by too many choices,” de Percin said. “It looks like Goldilocks, just right.”

The prices will be lowered further for consumers by the federal subsidies that many exchange users will qualify for. A family of four can make up to $94,000 a year and still qualify.

When consumers sit down with “navigators” after Oct. 1 to sign up for coverage, they will choose from bronze, silver and platinum plans , and learn what their take-home price will be after income-based subsidies are applied.

The CCHI analysis found the pre-subsidy prices for a silver plan for a 27-year-old Denver individual will be $207 to $373 a month; for a 40-year-old in Denver, $253 to $454 a month, though outstate prices can range somewhat higher.

For families, the range in Denver is $756 to $1,360 a month; in Fort Collins, $718 to $1,481 a month.

Once the subsidies are factored in, CCHI said, that 40-year-old earning $23,000 a year would contribute $196 a month of his own money to a health plan that’s in the middle range of $350 a month.

The state Division of Insurance is still completing its own analysis of the rate proposals. They still must be reviewed and approved by the state for factors including their adherence to the minimum benefit levels set by federal and state officials.

Read more: Study: Colorado health insurance rates for mid-level plan look “right” – The Denver Post http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_23399436/study-colorado-health-insurance-rates-mid-level-plan#ixzz2VvwJ2z3n
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Create an American Health Benefit Exchange and a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Exchange for individuals and small businesses and provide oversight of health plans with regard to the new insurance market regulations, consumer protections, rate reviews, solvency, reserve fund requirements, premium taxes, and to define rating areas.

• Enroll newly eligible Medicaid beneficiaries into the Medicaid program no later than January 2014(states have the option to expand enrollment beginning in 2011), coordinate enrollment with the new Exchanges, and implement other specified changes to the Medicaid program. Maintain current Medicaid and CHIP eligibility levels for children until 2019 and maintain current Medicaid eligibility levels for adults until the Exchange is fully operational. A state will be exempt from the maintenance of effort requirement for non-disabled adults with incomes above 133% FPL for any year from January 2011 through December 31, 2013 if the state certifies that it is experiencing a budget deficit or will experience a deficit in the following year.

• Establish an office of health insurance consumer assistance or an ombudsman program to serve as an advocate for people with private coverage in the individual and small group markets. (Federal grants available beginning fiscal year 2010)

• Permit states to create a Basic Health Plan for uninsured individuals with incomes between 133% and 200% FPL in lieu of these individuals receiving premium subsidies to purchase coverage in the Exchanges. (Effective January 1, 2014)

Permit states to obtain a five-year waiver of certain new health insurance requirements if the state can demonstrate that it provides health coverage to all residents that is at least as comprehensive as the coverage required under an Exchange plan and that the state plan does not increase the federal budget deficit. (Effective January 1, 2017)

 Connect for Health Colorado will be a one-stop online marketplace where Coloradans can shop for and compare health insurance plans. Our goal is to provide a high-quality shopping experience for individuals and small businesses looking for health insurance in Colorado. Here are just a few of the advantages of shopping for your health insurance with us:

  • Compare health plans side-by side to make shopping easier
  • Browse health plan prices and benefits before applying
  • See if you qualify for a new federal cost-saving program, based on income, to reduce the cost of premiums, copays and deductibles, available to Coloradans only at Connect for Health Colorado.
  • Select from quality health plans offered by trusted insurance companies
  • Narrow your options based on your priorities, such as overall cost and your doctors.
  • Get answers to your questions from our statewide customer support network of Customer Service Center Representatives, Health Coverage Guides and licensed brokers.

 

Connect for Health Colorado will be the only place where Coloradans can access new federal financial assistance, based on income, to reduce the cost of health insurance. Through our online marketplace, you will be able to see if you qualify for a new kind of tax credit to lower the cost of your premium and reduce co-pays and deductibles. The new kind of tax credit will generally be available to individuals earning between about $15,000 and $46,000 a year, couples earning between about $20,000 and $62,000 a year, and families of four earning between about $31,000 and $94,000 a year. If you qualify, you can use those benefits right away. This cost-saving program is for individuals, couples and families who need health insurance, are not eligible for public health coverage such as Medicare and Medicaid, and do not have access to affordable coverage through a large employer.

Small Employers

Tax credits for small employers also will be available through Connect for Health Colorado. If you have fewer than 25 employees, pay average annual wages below $50,000 and provide health insurance, you may qualify for a small business tax credit of up to 50 percent (35 percent for nonprofits) to offset the cost of premiums for your employees.

 Essential Health Benefits

Health plans offered through Connect for Health Colorado will provide more comprehensive coverage, in compliance with new federal requirements. The minimum set of benefits and services that must be included in health plans are:

  • Ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

 Health Plan Choices

Connect for Health Colorado is committed to providing you with a broad selection of health plans so that you can make the best decision for your budget, life circumstances and health care needs. We expect to offer more than 100 plans from trusted health insurance companies – many you already know and some that will be new to the market. Because everyone likes to have options, we will provide Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) and Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans. We also will offer Health Savings Account (HSA) plans, Colorado Young Adult Plans that provide minimum coverage for those under the age of 30, anddental plans. Learn more about health insurance plans.

 

 

 

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