Consumer Advisory: Open Enrollment Period closes Jan. 15
If you buy individual health insurance, time is running out..
DENVER (Jan. 14, 2019) – The Colorado Division of Insurance, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, is reminding Coloradans who buy individual health insurance plans (not from an employer) that the window to get coverage for 2019 will close on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
If you do not get coverage from an employer or from a government program such as Medicaid (known here as Health First Colorado) or Medicare, the annual open enrollment period is the only time to sign up for health insurance, unless you have a major life event during the year like losing your job, having a baby, getting married or getting divorced (these are known as qualifying life changes).
“Having health insurance is key not only in gaining access to healthcare and staying healthy, but is important in protecting Coloradans’ finances, especially as bills from hospitals and doctors continue to climb,” said Colorado Insurance Commissioner Michael Conway. “I encourage anyone who hasn’t yet enrolled to take time to review their options and sign up by Jan. 15.”
Colorado individual health insurance consumers can enroll with insurance agents, directly with the insurance companies or through our state’s exchange, Connect for Health Colorado (tax credits to help make insurance more affordable are only available when enrolling through Connect). Contact Connect at 855-752-6749 or find in-person assistance through their statewide network of certified experts at connectforhealthco.com/person-help.
The Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) regulates the insurance industry and assists consumers and other stakeholders with insurance issues. Visit dora.colorado.gov/insurance for more information or call 303-894-7499 / toll free 800-930-3745.
DORA is dedicated to preserving the integrity of the marketplace and is committed to promoting a fair and competitive business environment in Colorado. Consumer protection is our mission. Visit dora.colorado.gov for more information or call 303-894-7855 / toll free 1-800-886-7675.