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Garfield and Pitkin Counties still not eligible for Kaiser coverage

Dec 21, 2015

Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.
Credit Garfield County

  Another health insurance carrier has announced it’s working with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, but the company's coverage won’t be available to most people living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Residents in the Valley have very few insurance options, sometimes only two companies to choose from. Kaiser Permanente announced Saturday that it’s now working with Valley View Hospital, as part of its new 2016 coverage for neighboring counties. “Our offering is only available to Summit and Eagle County residents,” says Brent Bowman. He’s Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Mountain Service Area. “However, there may be an option if their employer is in one of those counties.”

The move expands insurance options for people living and working in the corner of Eagle County that extends into the Roaring Fork Valley.  Even though Valley View is in Garfield County, and provides care for many a Pitkin County resident, most of those patients are still not eligible for Kaiser insurance. The company is considering adding Garfield and Pitkin Counties in 2017.