Last week the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period for individual health insurance was extended to run through April 30.

Originally the special enrollment period was set to end on April 3, but the Colorado Division of Insurance worked with Connect for Health Colorado to add more time for people who are uninsured to get health coverage. For people who do enroll after April 3, it is projected that their health insurance will become effective May 1.

Those eligible to enroll include only those who are currently uninsured and not those who are looking to change their plans. Uninsured spouses and children are also eligible to enroll, even if one of the spouses or a child’s parent is already insured.

Individual insurance plans are also available during this extended period and those applying only have to verbally attest that they are currently uninsured. That is because insurance companies during this time cannot require individuals to show further proof of being uninsured.

To enroll you have to go through the states exchange at connectforhealthco.com, because financial assistance for those who qualify is only available when enrolling through Connect for Health Colorado. To contact them you can call 855-752-6749 or find in-person assistance through their statewide network of experts at connectforhealthco.com/person-help.

The website also provides tools, including their quick cost and plan finder that will help people to check their eligibility for financial assistance. Interested parties can visit planfinder.connectforhealthco.com/home to learn more.

For those who lose their job, or may lose their jobs in the coming weeks and lose their employer-base health insurance as a result. The loss of that coverage allows them a 60-day window to enroll in individual coverage. For more information about that you can visit connectforhealthco.com/get-started/when-can-i-buy-insurance/ to learn more.

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