Outreach & Enrollment/Healthcare Reform

COVID-19 Updates on Health Insurance Marketplaces in Region VIII:

Colorado: Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans – March 20-April3, 2020

The Colorado Division of Insurance and Connect for Health Colorado announced the Emergency Regulation 20-E-02 that will establish a special enrollment period (SEP) for Coloradans who are currently uninsured. The special enrollment period began March 20, 2020 and ran through April 30, 2020. Coverage will be effective starting on April 1, regardless of when someone enrolls during that window. This is to help ensure that currently uninsured individuals can get covered and better protect their health and finances in the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare.gov States (MT, ND, SD, UT, WY): Medicaid and Marketplace Special Enrollment Periods (SEPs)

It is expected that more folks will become eligible for Medicaid and Marketplace SEPs as they are laid off and or see reduced hours. Click HERE for CHAMPS Post-Open Enrollment Resources.


The 2020 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (OE7) began on November 1, 2019. For Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces (FFMs) OE7 ran from November 1 to 3:00AM EST on December 18, 2019. State-Based Marketplaces (SBMs) are able to determine the length of their OE7. In Region VIII, Colorado is the only SBM; their OE7 ran from November 1, 2019, through January 15, 2020, but for coverage that started January 1, applications must have been completed by December 15, 2019. Consumers who experience certain qualifying life events may be able to obtain Marketplace coverage outside of open enrollment through a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). People can apply for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at any time of year.

Health Centers are uniquely positioned to be at the forefront of helping clients to enroll in either SBMs or FFMs as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The resources and information available on these webpages is provided to assist Health Center staff with their outreach and enrollment needs and help educate Health Center patients about how to understand and utilize health insurance.

Please click for information and resources on:

Outreach & Enrollment
Healthcare Reform
Health Insurance Literacy

To receive updates on outreach and enrollment topics such as health insurance policy changes, upcoming trainings and webinars, and other outreach and enrollment resources, sign up for the CHAMPS Region VIII Outreach & Enrollment Digest.

The CHAMPS 2018 UDS O&E Infographic highlights the changes in insurance rate at Region VIII community health centers (CHCs).

Please contact the CHAMPS Programs Coordinator, Population Health if you have any questions about these materials or would like to share any other useful resources.

Note: Click HERE to download an overview of CHAMPS’ O&E online resources. Please feel free to distribute this flyer to other interested parties.