Community learns about healthcare at day-long Club 20 event

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) On January 1, all American residents will be required to have health insurance and Club 20 is making sure people of the Western Slope have the information they need to choose the best possible plan.

"It’s getting the word out and making sure people know what’s going on," said Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado.

Members of the community listened to presentations on a variety of topics involving the future of healthcare in Colorado including what individuals, families and small businesses need to know about the state's insurance marketplace, known as Connect for Health Colorado.

"Every session that we've sat in today has been very informative," said Roxie Denning, of Grand Junction. "So I'm going to say the most educational piece I got was today. Everything I got today."

Denning said she and her husband attended the event to find out more about the details of the Affordable Care Act and how she will be able to reduce her current insurance costs.

Certain plans through Connect for Health Colorado will allow people to apply for subsidies to offset their monthly costs.

"The subsidy that I will receive for health insurance premiums is huge,"
Denning said. "It’s over 400 dollars."

Small businesses will also have more options to offer their employees through Connect for Health Colorado.

"Right now if you’re a small business, 50 employees or fewer, you can really only pick one plan or one carrier," said Fontneau."In the future if you choose as an employer, you can really offer more choice to your employees."

Small business owners who attended the event said they are still going to look for more advice on what they should be doing come October 1 when the Connect for Health Colorado marketplace opens.

"We’ll go talk to our personal accountant to see what his views are on it because I think everybody should be as informed as they can," said Kelly Couey, owner of Couey Cattle Ranch in Garfield County.