Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance is busy reviewing hundreds of proposed new health insurance plans meeting federal requirements for benefits and premiums outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Two important dates are on the horizon:
- October 1, 2013 – Connect for Colorado, the state’s new health insurance marketplace opens for consumers and small businesses
- January 1, 2014 – health plans go into effect
- January 1, 2015 – Companies with at least 50 employees must provide coverage if not already offered
You may have questions from patient’s, family member, friends, and colleagues about the ACA – you might even have questions of your own. The Health Sciences Library has put together some helpful resources in their Health Literacy and Patient Education Resource Guide, under the tab “Patient Resources.” There is a great video discussing the challenges for both patients and healthcare providers as Colorado works to roll out the state’s health exchange. There is also an excellent guide from the Institute of Medicine that will assist patients in understanding what they need to do to comply with mandatory insurance. In addition, there is information from Colorado PEAK for public assistance benefits and Connect for Colorado.
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator