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Health insurance co-op stops in Frisco to hear residents’ concerns

Summit County residents are invited to voice their health care concerns and ideas Tuesday, July 15, at an information session hosted by Colorado HealthOP.

Colorado HealthOP, the first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative, will stop in Frisco as part of its listening tour to gain feedback from its 340 members in Summit County and collect opinions from the general public about which health care issues are most important to Coloradans.

“It’s not every day that a health insurance company travels around the state to ask people proactively for their feedback,” said Laura Morsch-Babu, the co-op’s director of public affairs and community outreach.

“People have a lot to say,” she added, judging by the feedback the co-op has received elsewhere on its 11-stop tour.

The health insurance co-op also will do an informational session on health insurance costs, and in particular, why premiums in Summit County are among the highest in the nation.

Participants will learn about what goes into setting rates and why providing care in Summit County is more expensive from Dan Tuteur, the co-op’s chief strategy officer.

Colorado HealthOP was created with federal funding through the Affordable Care Act in 2012 and started offering plans about a year ago. The co-op now has 16,000 members across the state and 750 in the health insurance rating area known as the “resort region” that includes Summit, Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties.

Using the new rating area boundaries that will take effect in 2015 and merge the resort region with the west region, the co-op has just more than 1,000 members.

Morsch-Babu said the co-op will compile what participants say in Frisco and its other stops to help further its outreach and advocacy efforts for 2014 and beyond.

For example, she said, if mental health emerges as a high priority, the co-op will lobby for mental health efforts in the state Legislature and financially support local organizations working on those issues.

“Our intention isn’t to duplicate anyone else’s work,” she said, “it’s to help make things better for everyone.”

To learn more about the cooperative, visit cohealthop.org. Those who can’t attend the tour stop but still want to give input can submit comments at cohealthop.org/boardGov-share.


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