Officials Advise Residents to Prepare for Changes in Health Care
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Changes in our medical industry are quickly approaching, with the new health care marketplace opening on October 1.
Health officials are coming together and encouraging patients to look at these options and begin to prepare.
“We're trying to help our patients understand what’s the ‘Connect for Health Colorado,’ what the market place is, what all of that means to them and how to navigate it and where to go for information,” said Kristy Schmidt, community relations director of Marillac Clinic.
Starting in October, Connect for Health Colorado will offer Coloradans a new way to shop for health insurance. The website has cost savings programs, where you can compare health plans and prices from multiple insurers.
“Everything is all together, one in a row,” said Barry Barak, director of rating at Rocky Mountain Health Plans. “You can sort it by carrier, by coverage, by the price that you're looking for.”
Officials with Rocky Mountain Health Plans say this whole new world of purchasing insurance also offers some financial assistance, which is only available on this specific website.
“The main reason to use Connect for Health Colorado as opposed to going to any one carrier is that they'll be some subsidies available to help you pay premiums depending on level of income and family size,” said Barak.
Schmidt says it's important to note that just because all of these changes are happening to the way you buy insurance, your health providers don't have to change.
“The question that our patients at Marillac Clinic are asking us is, ‘Am I going to be able to continue my care with you?’” said Schmidt. “We’re saying absolutely. We're Medicaid providers now so we want to be able to continue offering care to them.”
If needed, doctors and other health establishments will have professionals available to help you through this entire process.
If you want to learn more about Connect for Health Colorado, beginning Monday at 6:30, officials will be hosting a seminar at the Mesa County Library located at 443 North 6th St.