Michelle Bledsoe doesn’t make enough money to afford health insurance and makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid. That’s why she comes to the clinic, where care is offered on a sliding scale.
When the new federal law kicks in next year, many people who come here will likely qualify for a government subsidy that may make coverage affordable; 13 insurance companies have agreed to participate on the Colorado exchange. They will offer more than 240 different plans. Like all the other states, there will be various levels to choose from. In Colorado, a bronze or basic package for a 40-year-old nonsmoker starts at $177 dollars a month.
More generous plans go up from there, silver, $232 dollars, gold, $273 dollars, and the platinum would cost $311 dollars a month for an individual.
A very interesting experiment is about to begin.