Pitkin County Press Releases

Posted on: December 14, 2017

Local Families Could Lose Low-Cost Health Insurance


Pitkin County Economic Assitance Offers Help Navigating Other Insurance Options

Contact:   Sam Landercasper: Economic Assistance Manager - 970-429-6167

If the federally funded CHP+ program expires at the end of January, 157 households in Pitkin County will be impacted. CHP+ is public low-cost health insurance for certain children and pregnant women. It was designed for people who earn too much to qualify for Colorado’s Medicaid Program (Health First Colorado), but not enough to pay for private health insurance. For example, a family of four with a gross income at or below $5,330 per month now qualifies for the CHP+ program.

The CHP+ program’s funding is set to expire on January 31st, 2018.

“There is a lot of uncertainty around whether or not this program will be continued in the 2018 federal budget,” said Economic Assistance Manager, Sam Landercasper. “It is important for our local families to be aware that if this program expires, the children enrolled will no longer have coverage beginning February 1st, 2018,” Landercasper said.

Some families who could lose coverage may be eligible to purchase insurance plans through Connect For Health utilizing tax credits to offset the cost of premiums.

“We urge anyone with questions to please call our office and speak to one of our bilingual technicians about this change and all options for assistance,” Landercasper said.

Walk-in appointments are available any weekday between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. at 405 Castle Creek Road, Aspen, CO 81611 located across the parking lot from Aspen Valley Hospital. The Pitkin County Economic Assistance Department can also be reached at (970) 920-5244 or pitkin-ea@pitkincounty.com.

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