Health Insurance is Changing: What you need to know about Colorado’s new Health Insurance Marketplace
Change for all
The Affordable Care Act is changing how health insurance works for all of us. For the first time virtually everyone in Colorado will be able to get health insurance whatever their health history. Insurance will be available either through their employer, Medicaid, or on their own through a new marketplace called Connect for Health Colorado. The best news of all is that new Federal assistance will make it more affordable for most people than ever before.
Individuals and families can still shop for health insurance and apply for tax credits to help pay for it from now until March 31, 2014. After that, you will not be able to apply for health coverage and tax credits until October 15, 2014 and coverage will not begin until January 1, 2015. If you do not enroll before March 31, 2014, you may be subject to a penalty from the IRS.
Liane Jollon was just announced as the new Public Health director for San Juan Basin Health Department. She has been serving as the Acting Director for the past two months. Liane joined San Juan Basin Health Department as a clinic nurse in 2010, subsequently serving as a clinic manager and then Health Services Division director. A native New Yorker with a B.A. from Columbia University, Jollon has worked in local and statewide non-profits in Colorado for the last 14 years. Her experiences range from delivering direct services to Board positions and leadership roles.
August is National Immunizations Awareness Month. Read more about the need for immunizations throughout one's life in this August 4th San Juan Basin Health article in the Durango Herald. San Juan Basin Health's Creating Community column appears the first Sunday of each month in the Durango Herald.
San Juan Basin Health Department reports that a cat from the Bayfield area has tested positive for plague. No humans have been infected. The health department has posted signs in the area to alert residents.
San Juan Basin Health announced today that it is one of 57 groups across the state selected to provide in-person assistance to individuals wishing to apply for Connect for Health Colorado, the new health insurance marketplace opening for enrollment in October. Selected through a competitive grant process, San Juan Basin Health will become part of the Connect for Health Assistance Network serving local communities, helping individuals and families consider health plan options, apply for insurance affordability programs, and sign up for health coverage.
A local infant has tested positive for pertussis. While this is just the fifth case of pertussis in La Plata County this year, other areas of Colorado are experiencing much higher rates than normal. Through the first half of 2013, there have been 763 reported cases in Colorado compared with a five year average of 119. Also known as whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial respiratory disease.
La Plata, Archuleta, and
San Juan Counties Health Advisory
The La Plata Family Center has increased its capacity to assist individuals in accessing Presumptive Eligibility (PE), a program that provides immediate temporary medical coverage (Medicaid and CHP+) for outpatient services for pregnant women and children. The School Based Health Centers also provide PE services for La Plata County. For eligibility and enrollment assistance please call 970-385-4747 to speak with Berenice Lozano.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is working with the CDC, FDA and other western state health departments to investigate an outbreak of hepatitis A cases believed to be associated with frozen mixed berries purchased from Costco. Approximately 30 cases of hepatitis A have been reported from five states (Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona and California).