Public Health Offers Assistance for Health Insurance
Lake County Public Health Agency announced earlier this week that it is one of 57 groups across the state selected to provide in-person assistance to customers of Connect for Health Colorado, the new health insurance marketplace opening in October.
Lake County Public Health Agency will become part of the Connect for Health Assistance Network and will serve local communities, helping individuals, families and small employers consider health plan options, apply for insurance affordability programs, and sign up for health coverage.
“Having access to quality health insurance and new financial assistance to reduce costs is a huge benefit for the people in our community,” said Colleen Nielsen, RN, Director of Lake County Public Health Agency “We are excited to begin helping residents and small businesses in Lake County find the health insurance plan that meets their needs through Connect for Health Colorado starting this fall.”
Patty Fontneau, ED/CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, said the organization is eager to start work with Lake County Public Health Agency.
“Together we will educate Coloradans about our marketplace, our customer support services and how we can connect Coloradans to quality health insurance options. The Assistance Network will be an important resource for Colorado consumers, especially for those who have never bought health insurance before and will have many questions about their options and new financial assistance programs.”
Lake County along with Chaffee County was selected through a competitive grant process to become part of the Assistance Network.
The grantee organizations include 19 community/non-profit and faith-based organizations, 18 hospitals and clinics, 13 public health or public services, and two trade organizations. Six regional hubs have been identified and all areas of the state are represented. At least 23 organizations will serve both individuals and small businesses, and two will serve the small business market only.
The Connect for Health Assistance Network is a new program that will provide local, in-person assistance to individuals, families and small businesses looking to shop for health care coverage through Colorado’s new health insurance marketplace and to apply for a new kind of tax credit to reduce costs and for other insurance affordability programs.
Starting in October, Connect for Health Colorado will offer individuals, families and small employers a new online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to new up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs. Customers will shop through a website and get expert help in person and over the phone from a network of customer service professionals, including Customer Service Center Representatives, Health Coverage Guides and certified health insurance agents and brokers. The marketplace is a public, non-profit entity that was established by a 2011 state law. More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.
Group Meets About Safe School Routes Tomorrow
Join parents and community members tomorrow, Saturday, September 28 in walking the routes Leadville kids take to school. The group will meet at 9:30 a.m. at the West Park Elementary School cafeteria.
The plan is to help identify problems and dangerous areas students take to get to schools. Broken or missing sidewalks? No crosswalks? Dangerous intersections? The group hopes to get these issues fixed.
Coffee and refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Vicki Koch at 719-486-1574.
En Espanol: Rutas Seguras a la Escuela
Únase a nosotros el 28 de septiembre mientras caminamos las rutas que llevan a nuestros niños a la escuela y que no cuentan con transportación del autobús escolar ahora. Ayudemos a identificar los problemas y las áreas peligrosas. ¿Aceras rotas o faltantes? ¿No hay pasos de peatones? ¿Intersecciones peligrosas? ¡Vamos a tener esos problemas resueltos!
- Cuándo: sábado, 28 de septiembre a las 09:30 am – 12:00 pm
- Dónde: West Park Elementary Cafeteria
Vamos a tomar café y otros aperitivos deliciosos. Para más información contactar a Vicki Koch 719-486-1574 o Cristina Reveles 970-333-0231.