Connect for Health Colorado http://aspenpublicradio.org en Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/medicaid-applicants-outpace-private-insurance-registrants-tri-county-area <p></p><p>Last month, several people raced to sign up for health insurance before the March 31st deadline. Many of those patients qualified for the taxpayer-funded Medicaid program. Turns out, more people signed up for Medicaid than for private insurance in the tri-county area that includes Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties. Now, doctor’s offices that handle these patients are trying to keep up. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.</p><p></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:46:49 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17096 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Medicaid Applicants Outpace Private Insurance Registrants In Tri-County Area Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/pitkin-county-tackles-pricey-health-insurance-problem <p></p><p>Pitkin County staff and elected leaders will meet with the State’s top insurance official this week about pricey health insurance. A <a href="http://www.kaiserhealthnews.org/Stories/2014/February/03/most-expensive-insurance-markets-obamacare.aspx">Kaiser Health News report</a> says Colorado’s “rating area eleven” that covers Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit Counties, is the most expensive insurance market in the country. Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock says they’d like to see solutions.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 17025 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Pitkin County Tackles Pricey Health Insurance Problem Here's How You Can Still Sign Up for Health Insurance http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/heres-how-you-can-still-sign-health-insurance <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">To sign up today, Monday March 31st:</strong></p><p>To apply for Medicaid:<a href="http://coloradopeak.force.com/">&nbsp;http://coloradopeak.force.com/</a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To purchase insurance via the Colorado exchange, Connect for Health:</span><a href="http://www.connectforhealthco.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">www.connectforhealthco.com</a></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">For help, try...</strong></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:47:08 +0000 Elise Thatcher 16315 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Here's How You Can Still Sign Up for Health Insurance Health Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/health-care-budget-wildfire-dwindling-weeks-colorados-legislative-session <p></p><p>With about five weeks left in Colorado’s legislative session, lawmakers are going over the budget, looking into fighting wildfires and voting on internet access for rural areas. State Senator Gail Schwartz is involved with these efforts. She’s a democrat from Snowmass Village and Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen sat down with her on Sunday. Here is their entire conversation.</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:56:46 +0000 Marci Krivonen 16309 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Health Care, Budget, Wildfire: The Dwindling Weeks Of Colorado's Legislative Session Counties Help With Last Minute Health Insurance Signups http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/counties-help-last-minute-health-insurance-signups <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-6b55cdc0-166c-7c48-8cbc-81d813421546"><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">There’s a lot of scrambling going on, as people race to sign up for health care before the national deadline. Today, March 31st, is the last day for most people to sign up for a plan and avoid a tax penalty. Those are the rules under the Affordable Care Act and in Colorado, many people are using the state exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, to sign up. Government agencies have been trying to make it easy for people to purchase a plan… including a recent walk in clinic last Friday, in Aspen. </span></span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 04:51:30 +0000 Elise Thatcher 16296 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Counties Help With Last Minute Health Insurance Signups