GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Compared to this time last year, national numbers for Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollments have decreased. However, experts on Colorado health care said our numbers have actually increased, because our state was one of a handful that decided to build our own marketplace when the ACA passed.
One Grand Junction family said they would be living thousands of miles away from one another if not for the employees at Hilltop's Health Access Services helping them enroll in a health care plan. "Really the struggle was up until the point in which I came here. Once I came here, we were treated like royalty," said Daniella Correa-Shively, who needed help getting her mother coverage.
Hilltop Health Access Services is a certified application assistance site for Connect for Health Colorado and they help people with the ACA. "Rewarding, when people come in with their concerns, their questions, and you can help them understand what's going on," said Anna Cubel, a health coverage guide for Hilltop's Family Resource Center.
Those with Connect for Health Colorado said our state's enrollments increase every year. "Last year was a record breaking increase in enrollment. This year we're even ahead of those incredible rates," said Linda Gann, a senior outreach manager at Connect for Health Colorado.
If you have not yet enrolled, the deadline is December 15 to have coverage by January 1. In Colorado, you can enroll until January 15, but your coverage will start on February 1.
The staff at Hilltop's Health Access Services will be at their office on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help people enroll. Appointments are not necessary.
In addition to Hilltop, there are 25 brokers in Mesa County, two enrollment centers (on North 7th Street and at the Mesa Mall), and two certified application counselor sites at St. Mary's Medical Center and the Marillac Clinic.