Health insurance hunters interested in Rocky Mountain Plans

Rocky Mountain Health Plans is seeing continued interest from consumers checking plans on its website, though the level has fallen since open enrollment began last week.

The Grand Junction-based insurer, meanwhile, is poised to accept applications for insurance on its website, http://www.rmhp.org.

Inquiries spiked by 130 percent in the first three days after the Oct. 1 beginning of open enrollment under the individual mandate to buy health insurance, Michelle Walker, director of sales administration for Rocky Mountain Health Plans, said.

Interest is down, but still greater than it would be normally, Walker said.

“It’s been about 50 percent more than our usual rate,” she said.

Many of the calls were of the fact-finding variety, Walker said. “People wanted to find out what their options were.”

Rocky Mountain Health Plans is currently preparing a page on its site at which consumers could apply for insurance.

So far, the website only lets them calculate the cost of their premiums and it doesn’t take into account the advanced premium tax credit that is intended to make insurance more affordable.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans, like other observers, is watching to learn how many people end up seeking insurance on the state marketplace, ConnectforHealthColorado.com.

That information, however, is weeks off.

The marketplace will release enrollment data on a monthly schedule starting at the end of October or in early November, spokesman Ben Davis said.

In Mesa County, 31 people walked into Hilltop’s Health Access office at 602 Bookcliff Ave., and 20 people called in for information, Jackie Sievers, director of community programs, said.

Eight people applied for coverage during the first week, Sievers said.

“We’re seeing about the same number of people coming through our doors,” Sievers said on Tuesday.

She also noted that although there were complaints about creating insurance accounts on ConnectforHealth Colorado.com, “We’re not seeing that delay anymore.”

Not all the technical issues have been resolved, said Steve Grisier, associate at Active Insurance Solutions, 940 Colorado Ave.

“There are still little bugs that change every day,” Grisier said.


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