The COVID-19 pandemic has proven how major medical events can happen to any of us, regardless of our health. While Medicare can’t keep you from getting sick or injuring you, it can make it less expensive to get the care you need without compromising your health or your financial future. At San Juan Basin Public Health, we recognize the challenges our community faces during this pandemic and we want to help you get the coverage you need.
Currently, almost anyone who needs health insurance can purchase a plan of their choice through Connect for Health Colorado. Navigating the options and choosing a plan can be confusing and overwhelming, and this is where we can help. SJBPH’s health insurance program offers free assistance in finding the best and most affordable plan for you and your family.
Until January 15, most Colorado residents can purchase health insurance that begins in January or February (depending on your enrollment date). This year, many Colorado residents are eligible for even greater financial assistance compared to previous years. Even if you have coverage, it’s a good idea to explore your options and make sure you’re on the most affordable plan available for your family’s needs.
It is a common misconception that Medicare is not affordable. Many Colorado residents can get free or significantly reduced insurance through Connect for Health Colorado. The ESJS can help you verify that you are getting the health coverage you deserve.
Pre-existing conditions do not affect your ability to get health insurance or affect what it costs. All plans on Connect for Health Colorado include preventable care at zero cost. This means you won’t be paying for annual check-ups, well visits, vaccinations and more. Most of the suppliers in our region are networked, so you will most likely be able to keep your same supplier.
Even healthy people need health insurance, just like good drivers still need auto insurance. Why? Because bad things can happen to anyone; you better be prepared. This may be your only opportunity to purchase health insurance for 2022, so don’t miss this chance. Your SJBPH Health Coverage Guide can walk you through your health insurance options and help you enroll. Call 335-2028 for more information or to schedule a virtual meeting.
SJBPH will host a webinar series to discuss health insurance through the Connect for Health Colorado Marketplace on December 8, December 22, and January 5. These webinars will be hosted on Zoom with instant Spanish translation available. Links to these webinars can be found on the SJBPH Medicare Literacy website at www.sjbpublichealth.org/healthinsurance.
Emma Tomlinson is San Juan Basin Public Health’s health coverage guide.