Insurance Extension Decision Could Impact Many Coloradans

Insurance Commissioner Marguerite Salazar announced Friday that state residents who extended plans that do not meet minimum benefits required under federal healthcare reform before the end of last year may extend them again through the end of 2015 if their insurers continue to sell the plans.

It is unknown how many of the roughly 100,000 people currently covered by such plans in Colorado will have the opportunity to re-up and will choose to do so. But the people in such plans are viewed by many health analysts to be healthier than those who recently have purchased insurance for the first time. And keeping them out of the larger risk pool could cause prices for insurance policies to rise across the board.

Read more about how the extension decision could impact Coloradans in the Denver Business Journal or read about a national study on the impact of the canceled plans in Politico.

The Rural Voice ~ Advocating on behalf of the healthcare needs of rural Colorado, my blog posts feature rural health policy news.


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