Hilltop to offer advice on health law

Hilltop Community Resources will guide individuals, families and small employers through the first steps of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act when enrollment begins in the fall.

Hilltop on Monday received a $750,000 grant to be used to guide applicants through the health-insurance exchange’s enrollment process.

“We were looking for organizations in good standing with their communities and that are trusted,” said Linda Gann, Western Slope outreach coordinator for the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange. “We have a lot of information and education to do in the next few months.”

Hilltop was selected to serve as a “hub” with which other organizations, such as Volunteers of America and the Tri-County Network in Montrose County, can coordinate.

Other Western Slope organizations include Eagle County Health and Human Services Department, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado, Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership and the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments.

Hilltop officials were unavailable for comment.

The target customers of the exchange are individuals, families and companies with 50 or fewer employees.

Insurance purchased through the exchange will go into effect in 2014.

The Affordable Care Act called on states to establish their own health-insurance exchanges or to rely on a federal insurance exchange.

“This is a significant step towards opening the new health insurance marketplace in Colorado,” said Patty Fontneau, executive director and CEO of the exchange, Connect for Health Colorado.  “We are excited to start work with our new partners to educate Coloradans about our marketplace, our customer support services and how we can connect Coloradans to quality health insurance options.”


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