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Insurance exchange to offer services Oct. 1

The state system benefits will be available Jan. 1

With the clock ticking down to when Connect for Health Colorado opens its health insurance exchange to individuals and small businesses, representatives are hurriedly trying to get information out about the program.

But only about 12 local and regional business owners showed up for a seminar Wednesday at the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce that focused on statewide services available through CHC.

Patti Meyer, small business marketplace coordinator for CHC and Dave Golenda, a local insurance agent, provided information about the state-created exchange to increase access and choice for health care coverage for individuals and small businesses as required by the federal health care act.

CHC will roll out services beginning Oct. 1 for benefits that will be available Jan. 1.

In preparation for the change, CHC is offering educational seminars to get individuals and small business owners up to speed on different components of the service, from federal subsidies and health care options to benefits of going through the exchange.

Meyer said some of the advantages for going through the exchange are convenience, help in making informed decisions and tax credits available for both individuals and employers.

Golenda said with only three weeks until CHC’s system becomes operational, he said the need for becoming familiar with the exchange is crucial.

“There’s lots of information employers need to share with their employees. This information needs to get out to employees as soon as possible,” he said.

Meyer said information about the exchange, rules and regulations and benefits of the system are available at the group’s website via a link at

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