Briefs, March 20, 2014

Health insurance forum set at library

The deadline to enroll in a health plan or pay a penalty for not having health insurance coverage is March 31. After that date, uninsured people will be unable to purchase an individual health insurance plan except under special circumstances.

To assist community members in obtaining coverage, local insurance brokers and Connect for Health Colorado are hosting an enrollment event Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Public Library Central Branch, 443 N. 6th St..

The free event is a partnership between Connect for Health Colorado and local insurance brokers. Appointments are not necessary.  “With one marketplace application, individuals can compare coverage options side by side, learn if they can get a discount based on their income, and then enroll,” Nikki Meredith, a local insurance broker, said in a news release. “We want to ensure individuals and families understand the various plans that are available to them.”

Information on the state’s expanded Medicaid will also be available.

“It is possible to complete an application for coverage, determine financial assistance and complete the enrollment process in a one- hour appointment,” Meredith said.

For more information, call (970) 242-7526.

$13.8 million headed to towns, counties


More than $13.8 million is headed to local governments after the state Department of Local Affairs reported the release of quarterly Conservation Trust Fund payments earlier this week. The CTF is one of three funds benefiting from the net proceeds of the Colorado Lottery.

The department distributes the dollars quarterly on a per capita basis. As such, Mesa County will get a quarterly payment of $188,217, the city of Grand Junction $161,075, and the city of Fruita $34,295. Others in Mesa County receiving money include the Panorama Improvement District ($1,371), the town of Collbran ($1,883), the town of De Beque ($1,338), and the town of Palisade ($7,218).

Funds can be spent on projects related to conservation sites, or for construction or maintenance of recreational facilities. That could include parks and open space, athletic fields, swimming pools, libraries, museums, fairgrounds or campgrounds, among other projects.

Car towed with sleeping baby inside


DENVER — Authorities say a 36-year-old father has been charged after his car was towed in Denver with his sleeping baby inside.

Police say Thomas Benton illegally parked near the intersection of Corona Street and Colfax Avenue on Saturday to drop a friend off at a home. Benton says he went inside the home for about 10 minutes, and when he came back outside, his car was gone.

KUSA-TV reported the 1-year-old child was found in the car at the impound lot, and Benton has been charged with “wrongs to minors.”


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