January 13, 2021
Open enrollment period closing for better or lower-cost health coverage
Deadline to sign-up is Friday, Jan. 15
Boulder County has a bilingual team of unbiased Health Coverage Guides ready to help
Boulder County, Colo. -- Boulder County residents who need better or lower cost health coverage for 2021 have only until Friday, January 15 to sign up through the state’s private health insurance market, Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO). After the current 2020-2021 Open Enrollment period ends, only certain life change events will make the insurance plans available.
“We know there are Boulder County neighbors who have lost income due to COVID-19 or other factors during the last several months, and some have lost or seen cutbacks in their employer-sponsored health coverage at a time when it’s needed most,” said Sebastian Sifuentes, bilingual Health Coverage Guide with the C4HCO Health Coverage Enrollment Center, which provides residents with free, confidential, unbiased help finding and applying for health insurance. “There are many health insurance plans to choose from, and financial assistance is available to help cover premiums. We are here to help, so please reach out now if you need it.”
In 2020, the average savings for health coverage for those who received financial assistance through Connect for Health Colorado was $370 per month, with monthly payments averaging just $135.
“Good health coverage is always essential to both staying well and protecting yourself and your family from unexpected medical costs,” said Dale Whyte, Boulder County Health Coverage Enrollment Center Manager with the Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services. “With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, we urge every Boulder County resident to ensure you have health insurance you need. Please reach out today so we can help.”
Those seeking better or lower cost health coverage can contact the Boulder County Health Coverage Enrollment Center by emailing HealthCoverage@BoulderCounty.org, or calling 303-441-1000. More information is also available at www.BoulderCountyHealthCoverage.org.
In addition to potentially being eligible for lower cost health coverage plans through Connect for Health Colorado, some Boulder County residents with reduced income or who have been laid off due to the pandemic or other reasons may now qualify for free coverage through Health First Colorado (Medicaid).
In addition to covering most health care needs, this program also provides free preventive care, which is essential to maintaining health and well-being for families and individuals. Boulder County Health Coverage Guides can also connect residents with Health First Colorado if they qualify.
More about Boulder County Housing & Human Services
The Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services is a 500-person integrated services delivery organization that supports whole families and individuals through a multiple generation approach that focuses on the full range of services that help people thrive.
Over an average 12 months during typical times, BCDHHS serves more than 90,000 distinct clients with a wide range of wrap-around services, including food, housing, health coverage, financial assistance, childcare, safety, education and skill building, parenting supports, and much more.
Follow Boulder County Housing and Human Services at www.Facebook.com/BCDHHS and visit www.BoulderCountyHHS.org to learn more about BCDHHS’ prevention-based wrap-around community supports and services.
Contact Boulder County Housing & Human Services in the following ways:
- Text 303-441-1069
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Use the Boulder County Connect Chat function at BoulderCountyConnect.org
- Call the Housing Helpline and leave a message at 303-441-1206 (for rental assistance, mortgage questions, landlord/tenant mediation, etc.)
- Email documents to Imaging@BoulderCounty.org
- Call and leave a message at 303-441-1069 (due to high call volume, there may be a delay, but calls will be returned as soon as possible)
- This information is also at www.boco.org/COVID-19ContactHHS