***As open enrollment begins at Connect for Health Colorado and across the country, CCLP brings you this special Obamacare marketplace open enrollment edition of the Health Law and Policy update.
This week's updates:
- Open enrollment: day 1
- Congratulations, Connect for Health Colorado!
- Answering your questions about Obamacare
- Colorado's marketplace launches new advertising campaign
Today, Individuals and small businesses can begin shopping for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado's new health insurance marketplace. Coverage begins January 1, 2014. Coloradans can sign up for coverage anytime in the next six months and will need to sign up by December 15th for their coverage to begin in January.
Connect for Health Colorado and marketplaces around the country are experiencing high levels of traffic today as millions of people begin to shop for insurance and learn about the financial assistance that will make health insurance affordable. In remarks this morning, President Obama said that the federally-run marketplace web site had experienced more than one million visitors before 7am.
CCLP will continue to monitor how consumers and patients are faring as the open enrollment period continues.
Thanks to bipartisan and common sense efforts by Coloradans, Connect for Health Colorado, our state's health insurance marketplace, opens for business today. Congratulations to the marketplace, it's staff, and all those who have worked diligently to put affordable, quality health insurance with in reach of so many Coloradans.
CCLP's health policy team will be interviewed and take listener questions on the radio as part of KGNU's morning broadcast tomorrow. Tune in at 8:35am Wednesday morning and hear more about Obamacare and the beginning of open enrollment at Connect for Health Colorado.
CCLP and other health advocates will also be available to answer questions every night this week as part of KDVR Fox News 31's health reform phone bank. Tune into KDVR at 5pm this week for more details.
As open enrollment kicks off, Connect for Health Colorado has launched a new campaign educating individuals, families, and small businesses about the new marketplace. TV ads target a number of different groups including young adults, business owners, and spanish-speaking audiences. The campaign will also feature print and outdoor advertisements.
Check out two of the marketplace's television commercials on YouTube.