Colorado: @C4HCO announces nearly 180K QHPs during Open Enrollment; 7.7% y/y increase

via Connect for Health Colorado (by email):

Nearly 180,000 Coloradans Signed Up for Health Insurance through the Marketplace 

DENVER – 179,661 Coloradans signed up for a health insurance plan by the end of the Open Enrollment period, according to preliminary data released today by Connect for Health Colorado®. This is about 8 percent above last year’s end of Open Enrollment total. 69% of the customers who enrolled in a 2021 plan qualified for financial help to reduce their monthly premium. 

“I’m pleased that so many people took advantage of this year’s enrollment period,” said Chief Executive Officer Kevin Patterson. “It’s essential that we all have health coverage in place to protect ourselves and our families this year.” 

Outside of the Open Enrollment period, Coloradans can still sign up for a health insurance plan through the Marketplace if they experience a Qualified Life Event, like losing job-based insurance, losing Health First Colorado (Medicaid) coverage or due to certain family and income changes. Residents can continue to get help signing up for coverage from certified Brokers and community-based Assisters. 

For a deeper dive into enrollment and Marketplace changes during the Open Enrollment period for 2021 coverage, keep watching for the publication of Connect for Health Colorado’s End of Open Enrollment Report, By the Numbers, this Spring. Find past reports and monthly metrics here. 

Last year's official Open Enrollment Period QHP tally was 166,850, so that's a 7.7% increase to be more precise.