Hilltop Starts ‘Health Access’ Program to Answer Insurance Questions
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Starting the first of the year, every resident must have some form of health insurance or pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act.
A new online marketplace for health coverage will open up in October, but Hilltop officials say many people are still a bit confused. This is why they expanded their resources and started “Hilltop’s Health Access,” to make sure people have the right answers.
The new building is located at 602 Bookcliff Drive, and will be a certified assistance site for "Connect for Health Colorado."
“Our job is to educate the community members about health care reform,” said Jackie Sievers, director of community programs. “We tell them how it might impact them, and also help them get their coverage that they need.”
Connect for Health Colorado is the new, online health insurance marketplace that will begin on October 1st.
“When the market place opens, and people can shop for plans, we will provide direct assistance and help with the whole process,” said Sievers.
At first, Hilltop's Health Access staff will be heavily focused on educating residents, and eventually move to community outreach.
“We estimate that about 22,000 people in Mesa County will be eligible for tax subsidies in terms of getting their health insurance paid for,” said Rhonda Lofing, coordinator for Connect for Health Colorado.
In order to help clear up any confusion, the new building even has individual rooms set up for additional privacy.
“I think there are a lot of myths out there. So our job is to demystify it,” said Sievers. “We want to make sure people understand what their options are, as well as what the mandates are.”
The new facility will be up and running by mid-September.