Health Insurance / Connect for Health Colorado
Colorado has its own web-based Marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado, where you can shop for and enroll in insurance.
The Affordable Care Act marketplaces are open for enrollment of health insurance between Nov 1st through Jan 15th of the following year.
Coloradans without health insurance will be able to enroll in coverage between November 1st through January 15th of the following year. Applications can be completed at Health First Colorado.
Coloradans who experience a Qualifying Life Change Event, during or outside of the Open Enrollment Period, have a 60-day window to buy or change plans. If you miss the Special enrollment Period window, you may have to wait until the next Open Enrollment Period to apply. You can enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Plan Plus (CHP+) any time of the year.
To find information about Life Changing Events and the Special Enrollment Period call Connect for Health Colorado at 1-855-752-6749 or go to ConnectForHealth.com.
With Connect For Health Colorado you may qualify for a health insurance plan with savings based on your income. Many people who apply qualify for premium tax credits that lower the monthly costs of coverage. Some also qualify for savings on deductibles, copayments, and other costs. With the Affordable Care Act, all plans cover the same Essential Health Benefits, all Pre-existing Conditions, and a wide range of Preventive Care Services.
Or you may be qualified for Medicaid or CHP+ (Children’s Health Plan Plus). These, and other public assistance programs, are for lower income individuals, families, children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities and the elderly. (You can apply for Medicaid or CHP+ at any time, as there is no Open Enrollment period for those programs). Colorado PEAK is an online service for Coloradans to screen and apply for medical, food, cash, and child care assistance programs. Check out Am I Eligible? to learn more.
You can find more information about applying for health insurance through the Marketplace on the Connect for Health Colorado website. There are assisters providing free, in-person assistance at locations around the state. To locate an Assister click Connect for Health Assister. Or you can call the Customer Service Center at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749; TTY 855-346-3432), or 303-590-9675 from outside the United States.
Read the coverage guidance tool for assistance on what Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid program) and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) cover, how to apply, how to find a doctor and who to call with questions.