Craig briefs: Coloradans can renew canceled insurance

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More than 95 percent of Coloradans affected by cancellation notices for individual and small group health insurance plans in 2013 were offered the opportunity to renew their policies early and continue them into 2014, according to a Department of Insurance press release. 

“All companies, whether they offered early renewals or not, were required to inform consumers about all of their possible options, including shopping with another insurance company or through Connect for Health Colorado,” said Commissioner of Insurance Marguerite Salazar. “Our top goals remain ensuring consumers have health insurance coverage and have options.”

Insurance companies set their own deadlines for early renewals. As such, some deadlines may have already passed, while others may be coming up shortly. The DOI encourages consumers to read the notices sent by the companies or to contact their insurance company for more information.

After discussions with Colorado’s health insurance carriers and other stakeholders, Colorado’s Division of Insurance has determined the following will apply to health insurance plans that have been discontinued:

■ Consumers who have been offered the opportunity to renew a current health plan may still exercise that option, provided they meet their carriers’ deadlines.  

■ Plans that did not have a renewal option and have been discontinued by health insurance carriers will not be reinstated.  

■ All health insurance plans sold or renewed after Dec. 31 must meet the requirements of the ACA, as required by state legislation passed in 2013 (House Bill 13-1266).

Consumers with questions about any information provided by an insurance company can contact the Division of Insurance at 303-894-7490 or 1-800-930-3745 (outside the Denver metro area). The division has trained experts ready to answer consumers’ health insurance questions. 

Hunter Photo Contest judging open to readers

The Craig Daily Press Hunter Photo Contest has ended, but the newspaper needs your help judging the photos. Go to the Craig Daily Press’ Facebook page to view the photos. The photo with the most likes by Dec. 20 will win the contest and receive a $250 gift card to Murdoch’s. For more information, call 970-875-1790 or 970-875-1788.

Enroll for classes at CNCC to receive gift

Students that enroll for spring semester at Colorado Northwestern Community College by Dec. 16 will be put into drawing for an iPad. Call 970-824-1124 for more information. Free burritos and breakfast sandwiches will be available on the 16th for those registering.

5 local nonprofits OK’d to participate in event

On Tuesday, Coloradans will come together again to raise millions of dollars for nonprofits. Presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, Colorado Gives Day is a 24-hour period to “give where you live” by making online donations to the hundreds of charities featured on Community First Foundation’s online giving resource, www.coloradogives.org. Five local nonprofit organizations have been approved to participate in this year’s Colorado Gives Day, including:

■ Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Colorado

■ Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

■ Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA

■ The Memorial Hospital Foundation at Craig

■ Yampa Valley Community Foundation

This represents the fourth year where a concerted effort has been made to encourage the support of local nonprofits through online giving on Colorado Gives Day. Last year, $15.4 million was raised statewide in the 24-hour period, which represents 67 percent of the total online giving through www.coloradogives.org in 2012. To donate, visit the website and click on Donate Now and check the box, “Schedule a Donation for Colorado Gives Day 12/10/13.” Pre-scheduled, one-time donations for Tuesday will qualify for a boost from the FirstBank Incentive Fund.

“Colorado Gives Day is a great opportunity for residents of Northwest Colorado to directly support their local community,” said Tarsha Ebbern, from the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. “Each one of the registered local nonprofits provides invaluable service to meet the needs of their constituents. To put it simply, giving where you live is as valuable as shopping where you live this holiday season.”

Join your friends, family and neighbors in supporting the nonprofits in Northwest Colorado that enrich all of our lives.

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