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Northwest Colorado Council of Governments named hub for insurance marketplace

Last week the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments announced it would be one of six hubs in the state to guide residents through a new insurance marketplace.

The Northwest Colorado Council of Governments would provide in-person assistance for customers of Connect for Health Colorado, a new health insurance marketplace opening in October, according to a Northwest Colorado Council of Governments news release.

“Having access to quality health insurance and new financial assistance to reduce costs is a huge benefit for the people in our communities,” said T.J. Dufresne, coordinator for Northwest Regional Connect for Health Colorado, in the release. “We are excited to begin helping residents and small businesses in Northwest Colorado find the health insurance plan that meets their needs through Connect for Health Colorado starting this fall.”

T.J. Dufresne comes to the new position with a Bachelor of Science in finance and a master’s in human development and family studies. She has a wide breadth of experience in community education, advocacy, business, and project management and coordination, according to the release.

Patty Fontneau, executive director and CEO of Connect for Health Colorado, said the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments was selected through a competitive grant process to become part of the Connect for Health Colorado Assistance Network.

Their charge is to help Summit, Eagle, Jackson, Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco, Grand, Garfield and Pitkin county Assistance Sites serve their local communities by helping individuals, families and small employers consider health plan options, apply for insurance affordability programs, and sign up for health coverage, the release stated. “Together we will educate Coloradans about our insurance marketplace, our customer support services and how we can connect Coloradans to quality health insurance options,” Fontneau said in the release. “The assistance network will be an important resource for Colorado consumers, especially for those who have never bought health insurance before and will have many questions about their options and new financial assistance programs.”

Beginning in October, Connect for Health Colorado would offer individuals, families and small employers a new online marketplace for health insurance and exclusive access to new up-front financial assistance, based on income, to reduce costs.

Customers would be able to shop online, in person and over the phone from a network of customer service professionals, including customer service center representatives, health coverage guides and certified health insurance agents and brokers. The marketplace is a public, nonprofit entity that was established by a 2011 state law.

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