It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today. This morning, the Colorado Division of Insurance (DOI) announced Colorado HealthOP will not be selling plans through the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace.
Please be assured that, as a Colorado HealthOP member, your coverage will remain in effect through December 31, 2015, so long as you continue to pay premiums. In two weeks, on November 1, 2015, the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace will open and you will have the opportunity to find another health insurance provider that will begin coverage for you on January 1, 2016.
Needless to say, we are astonished and disappointed by the DOI’s decision. We believe it is both irresponsible and premature.
Colorado HealthOP is a profitable start-up insurance company that is in a strong financial position and, for two years, has served the critical needs of Coloradans like you by enhancing competition in the Colorado insurance market, driving down prices in the state health insurance marketplace and offering new, innovative choices to our more than 80,000 members throughout Colorado.
By choosing this course of action, the DOI has let local and national politics hurt Coloradans’ access to low-cost healthcare options and assessed Colorado taxpayers with significant avoidable costs. You can learn more about the background on this decision here.
For this reason, Colorado HealthOP will continue our fight, pursuing all possible remedies, to serve our members during this transition. To ensure the CO-OP’s values are preserved and not eclipsed by financial interests, Colorado HealthOP’s Board of Directors demands that the state allow a Board-appointed independent consumer protection ombudsman to assist and shepherd our members through the shut down transition in an equitable manner. This includes the third-party review of all claim denials.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for believing in the CO-OP model and taking part in our mission to make healthcare more accessible, affordable and equitable for all Coloradans. It has truly been a pleasure to serve you.
Thank you for choosing us,