Thousands of Coloradans are preparing to enroll in the state's health insurance exchange, called Connect for Health Colorado. Understanding the system isn't easy, but now there's a new high-tech tool called the "Blue Guide," available online and through mobile devices, to help people search for the right insurance or the right care.
In Aurora, Jake Wilson, owner of the business Air Cannons, Inc., gave the Guide a try.
"It pops up with their hours, their address, their phone number, their website information, so it's just all kind of a one-stop place to get it all," Wilson related.
The "Blue Guide" was created by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative. The website and mobile apps enable people to search by location, medical condition, language and further criteria to find the best and most affordable health care services and coverage.
According to Adam Fox, director of strategic engagement for the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative, having something like the Blue Guide is an invaluable tool as people make the decisions for themselves and their families.
"There's been a fair amount of misinformation out there as to what's really happening, and the Blue Guide tool is really a way to help Coloradans kind of sort through that clutter," he said.
The free guide is at blueguide.cohealthinitiative.org. There is an Android app, and the iPhone app is coming soon.