ACA and the Colo. Health Exchange: Q&A Forum
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Colorado health officials held a forum in Grand Junction Tuesday night to explain how the upcoming health care changes will affect residents.
Come January 1, the Affordable Care Act will be fully implemented, which includes the government subsidized health exchange.
Officials with Connect for Health Colorado explained that the state's health exchange is a non-profit organization that works with federal subsidies and does not take from Colorado's general fund.
It does not replace private insurance, but will provide health care to those not eligible for coverage currently. Many others worry that that cost burden will fall on them. Doctors say, that's not the case.
"What people really need to understand about how our health care system works is: right now if you're buying health insurance, you're paying for all those folks who end up in the hospitals and emergency rooms. You're essentially already paying those high costs," explained Dr. Michael Pramenko, a board certified physician in Grand Junction.
He says providing preventative care will actually be cheaper overall.
Insurance plans start at around $135 and lower-income residents will also receive tax credits to help with mandatory health care costs.
Those looking to join the exchange can start shopping for plans October 1 and need to sign up by December 15 for coverage to start January 1. Open enrollment lasts until March 2014. Go to www.ConnectForHealthCO.com for more information.