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January 25, 2017

Walk-In Health Coverage Enrollment Event and Resource Fair on Jan. 28

Enrollment Deadline for 2017 Health
Coverage is Tuesday, Jan. 31

Boulder County, Colo. - Boulder
County will host a final walk-in health coverage enrollment event and
comprehensive resource fair on Saturday, Jan. 28 in Longmont as part of Open
Enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado. At the event, Boulder County’s
Health Coverage Guides will provide free, confidential assistance to help
people find coverage that is right for them, and in some cases connect them
with financial assistance to help cover the costs of premiums.

What: Enrollment Event & Resource
When: Saturday, Jan 28 from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m.
Where: St. Vrain Community Hub, 515
Coffman Street, Longmont

Enrollment for 2017 health coverage through Connect for Health Colorado (C4HCO),
the state’s health insurance marketplace, runs through Jan. 31.

County has trained and certified bi-lingual Health Coverage Guides who provide
education about insurance options, assist with the online application, and link
people to other human services supports as needed.

As an
added benefit to the open enrollment event this year, Boulder County programs
including Double Up Food Bucks; Workforce Boulder County; Head Start; Women,
Infants and Children (WIC); Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP); Longs
Peak Energy Conservation (LPEC); and Housing and Financial Counseling will also
be present for a resource fair. Visitors can also learn more about Boulder
County’s Kestrel affordable housing site in Louisville, and the Boulder County
Transportation Department will have staff and information available.

County estimates several thousand county residents
are without health insurance, with a majority of these uninsured being Latino
residents and young adults. Since the Affordable Care Act was implemented,
Boulder County has seen a 111% increase in the number of people with health
coverage under Medicaid and the Child Health Plan Plus. Boulder County has also
led the largest Colorado counties in per-capita coverage through the Connect
for Health Colorado Marketplace.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about the future of the health care
expansions,” said Patrick Kelly, Project Director for the Boulder County C4HCO
Assistance Site. “But the fact remains that health coverage is critical for
protecting both physical and financial health, and the law still requires
coverage for everyone. For many uninsured people, one accident or illness is
all it takes to create a crisis. These walk-in enrollment events make it easy for
people to find the coverage they need.”

County continues to utilize the successful health coverage outreach campaign
titled “Why Me?” The campaign targets residents who currently do not have
health insurance to encourage them to learn about their options for coverage
through Connect for Health Colorado. The most recent campaign includes print
and social media advertising as well as community outreach and enrollment
events. More information is available at