250,000 Coloradans dropped from health policies

By: Sara Zendehnam Email
By: Sara Zendehnam Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are feeling the pain after health care plans were cut.

The state Division of Insurance released numbers for the first time on Wednesday, outlining the number of Coloradans that will be forced to shop for a new healthcare plan: 249,199 as of November 1st.

The Affordable Care Act outlines certain guidelines for what insurance plans have to cover including 10 essential health care benefits.

Local Thomas Mangold is one of many who had his insurance plan cancelled after he was told it did not meet the new federal requirements, "I'm being forced to change my policy and change my plan at an increase premium of quite a bit of money. It's going up from $515 a month to $780 a month."

President Obama apologized Thursday afternoon for some people losing their plans after he said they would not when he signed the act into law on March 23, 2010.

Residents who signed up for health care before that date and have not changed anything are grandfathered in and can keep their plans, but it is a different story for people who have purchased insurance since then.

"People that have bought plans between now and then that were not told that this was happening or could happen are the ones that are surprised and shocked about this," Diane Caselman, Health Insurance Specialist.

Officials suggest even if you have not had an insurance broker in the past to get one now and look at all of your options before it is too late.

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