The Colorado Health Foundation awarded Colorado HealthOP, the state’s first non-profit health insurance cooperative, a $170,000 grant to educate Coloradans about the importance of enrolling in a sustainable health insurance plan.

Denver, Colo. (Oct. 31, 2013)  The Colorado Health Foundation awarded Colorado HealthOP, the state’s first non-profit health insurance cooperative, a $170,000 grant to educate Coloradans about the importance of enrolling in a sustainable health insurance plan.

“We are grateful that the Colorado Health Foundation understands how a cooperative health insurer can advance health care in Colorado,” said Julia Hutchins, chief executive officer of Colorado HealthOP. “Nearly one in five Coloradans are uninsured, which leaves them exposed to significantly higher costs and potentially untreated health problems. Grants like this allow us to engage with people across our state to ensure that they get the coverage that they need.”

Both Colorado HealthOP and the Foundation share the goal of facilitating sustainable health for individuals and communities across Colorado. The Foundation’s grant award will be used to raise awareness about the cooperative and its unique benefits that reward individuals for taking responsibility for their own health.

Colorado HealthOP’s cooperative business model, focus on preventive care, and value-based benefits make their health insurance plans sustainable healthcare options for Colorado consumers. Coloradans can currently enroll in Colorado HealthOP’s plans through the state’s online health insurance marketplace, Connect for Health Colorado. Colorado HealthOP members will be eligible to receive benefits starting Jan. 1, 2014.

About Colorado HealthOP
Colorado HealthOP offers a new alternative to traditional health insurance in Colorado. A nonprofit health insurance cooperative, Colorado HealthOP and its members are committed to providing affordable, quality coverage to individuals and employers interested in making a difference in their own health, their employees’ health and the health of their community. Colorado HealthOP aims to improve health outcomes by putting the responsibility for consumers’ care back into the hands of the cooperative’s members and providers. A private market solution tailored for individuals and employers, Colorado HealthOP will begin open enrollment in October 2013 via Connect for Health Colorado, Colorado’s health insurance marketplace, and through independent brokers and agents. Coverage will begin January 1, 2014. For more information about Colorado HealthOP, please visitwww.COHealthOP.org or call 720.627.8900.

About the Colorado Health Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation works to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation by increasing the number of Coloradans with health insurance, ensuring they have access to quality, coordinated care and encouraging healthy living. The Foundation invests in the community through grants and initiatives to health-related non-profits that focus on these goals, as well as operating medical education programs to increase the health care workforce. For more information, please visitwww.ColoradoHealth.org.