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Record unemployment leaves thousands without health insurance in Colorado

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - As thousands of Coloradans get laid off and lose their jobs due to COVID-19 restrictions, many of them are also losing their health insurance coverage they depended on through their employers.

If that's you, Connect for Health Colorado -- the state's insurance marketplace -- wants you to know you have sixty days to get new health insurance.

Connect for Health Colorado is a public nonprofit that works with the state government and private healthcare providers to expand access, affordability and choice for individuals purchasing health insurance throughout the state.

According to its website, Connect for Health Colorado is the only place where residents can apply for Premium Tax Credits and Cost-Sharing Reductions to lower the cost of private health insurance.

Once online at Connect for Health Colorado, you'll be prompted to answer questions to figure out whether you might qualify for Medicare or Health First Colorado federal-state funded insurance programs. If you don't, the organization provides tools that allow customers to easily compare plans and prices from multiple insurance companies, and search for preferred providers and medications.

KRDO crews plan to speak with a spokesperson for the marketplace today, to learn more about the struggles Coloradans are currently facing involving health insurance access, and where they can find help.

We'll have the full story tonight on KRDO at five and six.

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.

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  1. “Record unemployment leaves thousands without health insurance in Colorado”
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    And thank you to all Republicans for attempting to dismantle the basis for a solution to this problem.

    1. Not all Republicans are trying to dismantle the ACA. Some of us have family members who have benefited from it, and therefore have seen the wisdom behind it. Is it perfect? Not even close, but the smart plan is to identify what parts are working well, what parts need tweeting, and what parts need major overhauling. Don’t throw everything out just because you don’t like one or two provisions, or worse, because you don’t like who championed it.

      1. I’m the first to agree it’s not perfect, which is why I refer to it as a basis for a solution, or a good framework. And you’re obviously correct that not all Republicans are trying to dismantle it. But as long as Republicans are in charge in Washington, that will be one of their major goals, so every vote for Republicans is a vote against the ACA. And we all know it’s one of President Trump’s pet goals, because the ACA was one of President Obama’s accomplishments…

  2. No medical insurance. Soon some politician will start pushing medicaid for all. Sure this isn’t a plandemic? Starting to sound like it.

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