Healthcare

CONNECT FOR HEALTH
March 31st was the last day for uninsured Coloradans to apply for commercial health insurance for 2014 without penalty. Coloradans who applied for coverage by midnight will have health insurance that takes effect May 1. If you applied by midnight but could’t finish your enrollment, we will help you finalize the process after March 31 if necessary. You do need to have created an account by March 31. Additional FAQs about the end of open enrollment can be found here. The next open enrollment period will be Nov. 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus at any point during the year.

NEED HELP NAVIGATING THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM?

If so, you’re not alone. The Small Business Development Center recently hosted a forum on this topic, Unraveling the Affordable Care Act for Small Business which addressed what health care reform means for you and your employees.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or more informally as Obamacare, became law on March 23, 2010, initiating the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system since the establishment of Medicare.

A panel of experts was present to help employers better understand the Affordable Care Act and potential impacts to their business and employees. They provided an overview of the ACA and discussed requirements, important dates, potential risks, recent changes, the Colorado Insurance Marketplace and business response planning.

Moderator: Ron Fano, Partner and Attorney at Law, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP.
Panelists included;

  • Greg Ash, Partner and Attorney at Law, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne LLP,
  • Rita Dozal, EVP and Principal, TIMBERLINE Solutions Group LLC and
  • Jill Kenney, CEO and Attorney, TIMBERLINE Solutions Group LLC.

BILLS IN THE NEWS
House Bill 1108, introduced by Representative Primavera, addresses limits on copays for physical rehabilitation services. A Senate Second Reading was laid over to 3/14/2014.
Senate Bill 14-016, which would regulate freestanding emergency centers, was laid over to 3/14/2014.
Senate Bill 14-050, which addresses financial assistance in Colorado hospitals, was amended to Appropriations on 02/27/2014 from the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services.

RESOURCES
ConnectforHealthCo.com
kp.org/reform
Colorado.gov

GUIDING PRINCIPLES
We support a health care system that focuses on preventive care, is predictable in costs, and is easily accessible to our membership of employees and businesses.