5,000 enroll in Colorado pilot program to insure undocumented residents

Around 5,700 people have signed up for a Colorado pilot program to extend health insurance to undocumented residents, The Denver Post reported Nov. 30. 

People who are undocumented were previously eligible to purchase insurance through the state-run marketplace, but they are ineligible to receive tax credits that offset the cost of plans. 

Most people who are undocumented were reluctant to shop for plans on the state marketplace because some data is shared with the federal government, according to Kevin Patterson, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado.  

OmniSalud, a subsidiary of Connect for Health Colorado, does not use federal tax credits, so it does not share data with the federal government. 

Colorado allocated $57.8 million to subsidize coverage for low-income, undocumented people. The funds should cover around 10,200 people, Mr. Patterson said. Almost all of the 5,700 who have enrolled in the program so far have qualified for state subsidies. 

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