The yearly period when people can enroll in a health insurance plan. 2016 Open Enrollment ended January 31, 2016. Open Enrollment for 2017 runs from November 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.
Outside the Open Enrollment Period, you generally can enroll in a health insurance plan only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. You’re eligible if you have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other health coverage.
You can apply and enroll in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year.
What is the cost to have assistance from a Broker?
There is no extra cost to utilize the assistance of a broker. We are more than happy to assist with the process.
Why Did My Premium Go Up?
Insurance premiums are based on the benefits and utilization of the policy. On the individual market in Colorado, this has been out of sync with reality since 2014 due to an element of Obamacare (The Affordable Care Act) that made profitable companies pay companies that were not profitable. This ends in 2017.
In addition, in 2017 the best-selling "Gold Plan" in the state from 2016 determines the benefits for everyone in the state. The best-selling Gold Plan for 2016 was a government plan that most of the premium was covered for the employees. This plan included the current Essential Health Benefits, plus the following:
Unlimited Mental Health Visits for Autistic Children.
a. On most plans, these are subject to the deductible, but since it is “covered” it would count toward your out of pocket maximum.
Due to this, EVERY PLAN in Colorado must provide these benefits in 2017.
The ironic (and infuriating) part about this is that the best-selling Gold plan was one you and I paid for with our tax dollars. It was a plan that offered tremendous benefits to government employees that set the bar. Now the premiums have gone up to accommodate the additional benefits.
Are There Tax Penalties for not having “Credible ACA Compliant Coverage”
For tax year 2016, the penalty will rise to 2.5% of your total household adjusted gross income, or $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, to a maximum of $2,085. For tax year 2017 and beyond, the percentage option will remain at 2.5%, but the flat fee will be adjusted for inflation.
To Estimate Your Fee: CLICK HERE TO ESTIMATE NOW
Tax Credit Availability:
If you have coverage AVAILABLE to you through an employer, or a spouse’s employer, you are NOT eligible for a Tax Credit.
Is My Doctor and Hospital Covered?
There will be THREE insurance companies in Northern Colorado offering “Compliant” health plans. They are Kaiser, Anthem, and Colorado Choice (in order based on premium cost.)
Is My Prescription Covered?
There will be THREE insurance companies in Northern Colorado offering “Compliant” health plans. They are Kaiser, Anthem, and Colorado Choice. Colorado Choice will have the most robust formulary on the market. Anthem and Kaiser’s are nearly identical.
If you do not qualify for a tax credit, you can go to the following website AFTER OCTOBER 17th and get a quote. Click on: Get A No-Spam Quote Now
Or cut and paste this to your address bar:
Bottom line – we are here to help you navigate your options and it will not cost you a single cent.
Snyder Insurance is the Official Enrollment Center for Connect For Health Colorado™. We are conveniently located in Loveland, CO, and you're welcome to visit our office to walk through your options.
We are happy to discuss your Open Enrollment questions on the phone if its more convenient, or if you would have to drive the long way around from Estes Park.
In January, there will only be three insurance companies remaining on the individual market in Northern Colorado. They are all H.M.O.’s. We are here to help you understand what this means for you and your family.
We know how APTC’s work. An APTC is an Advance Premium Tax Credit that is available to people who qualify with a certain income levels. We can help you find out if you qualify for a tax credit, and will walk you through the process of taking care of everything.
Something most people don't know is that each insurance company has a different formula for determining pricing prescription drugs.
We understand that each individual and family have different health insurance needs and budgetary concerns. We've done the hard work to know ALL the particulars and can help you find out which company may be best for you and your personal situation.
We know that the entire process is new to most of us, so in the case you haven't applied before, we would recommend working with a broker, or someone you trust whom is familiar with all the Open Enrollment moving parts, changes, and updates in this year's offerings.
In order to apply without a Tax Credit is super simple. All you need is personal information and method of payment. These applications can be taken over the phone with ease.
In the case you qualify, to apply with a tax credit, you will need to provide the following: Tax Credit Eligible or UncertainUsername and Password for Connect For Health (if you already have an account). If you don’t remember your password, go to The Connect For Health Colorado™ website and click on Get Help – use the Online Chat and have them reset your password.
Once you are logged into your account, click on “Get Help” and then “Broker.” Search for Gail Snyder and “Authorize” as your broker.
Estimate of 2017 TOTAL Household Income (OR talk to your accountant to get an estimate of M.A.G.I.)
Name/Address for all employers providing source of income
Prior Medicaid Case Number (1B_)
Physician/Prescription List if Necessary
Method of Payment
For EVERYONE WHO APPEARS ON YOUR TAXES:
- Legal Names
- Birth Dates
- Social Security Numbers
- Drivers License Numbers
Once your eligibility is determined, the application can be taken over the phone.Remember, there is no cost for you to enlist our assistance, but you'll find our help can potentially save you time and headaches - as well as decrease your overall expenses by helping you get the correct plan for your situation.
We can help with all of this to ensure that you are getting the best coverage at the lowest possible price.
Are You Ready For Open Enrollment?
Loveland’s Choice For Health Insurance Assistance
You have questions – and you should! Let us help you save time, prevent headaches and find the best policy for your situation.
There are many changes to your health insurance options for 2017, and if we don’t have the answers, we will find them for you. We recognize that there is no “one size fits all” approach to open enrollment, so we encourage you to find someone who can take the time to help you navigate these turbulent waters.
We’ve helped so many health insurance shoppers since the Affordable Care Act was enacted that we’ve been named the Official Health Insurance Enrollment Center for Loveland by Connect for Health – Colorado.
We will take the time to answer your questions, then guide you toward the best health insurance options for your situation.
Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2016 and ends January 31, 2017.
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