It also is the date Connect for Health Colorado (“C4HCO”), Colorado’s new health insurance Marketplace, is expected to launch. These events may be considered the start of our “count down” to January 1, 2014, the key date for the health care reform law.
This innovation will likely not be seamless. There will be glitches, and some things will simply be out of our control. Launching the new Marketplace and enrolling thousands of previously uninsured Coloradans is a monumental task. It will take patience, time, and teamwork.
Rocky Mountain Health Plans will help our members and providers navigate these new waters. I expect this process to take several months to “shake out” and several years to re-adjust, as we learn from the market. We are here for the long haul, and here to help our fellow Coloradans through a confusing time, and our perspective should reflect that.
Let’s also remember that providing access to care is just the first step towards the larger goals. We still have much to do in the years ahead to improve quality of care and continue to address the rising costs of care.
Over the next several weeks, as Connect for Health Colorado moves to open enrollment, Steve ErkenBrack, CEO of RMHP and the only insurance carrier on the Board of Directors of Connect for Health Colorado will address four other topics on the Exchange: How does it work? Where did it come from? Common misperceptions. What is the future?
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