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Sharon O'Hara to lead Colorado exchange board

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Members of the Connect for Health Colorado board today elected Sharon O’Hara to succeed Gretchen Hammer as the new board chair at a board meeting. O’Hara is executive vice president of the Colorado-Wyoming chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Gretchen Hammer, who has been both the board chair for Colorado’s of state-based Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange and the exchange executive director, continues to be the executive director. Arnold Salazar will continue to be the vice-chair, and Dr. Mike Fallon will continue to be the secretary.

Also at the board meeting, staff members reported that enrollment individual qualified health plan (QHP) coverage increased 2.8 percent from May to June, to 136,605. Enrollment in Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) increased 11 percent, but from a much smaller base, to 2,373.

The open enrollment period for individual QHP coverage started Oct. 1 and ended in mid-April. Consumers have to show they qualify for a special enrollment period to sign up for coverage.

In theory, SHOP enrollment could be growing more quickly, because the open enrollment period restrictions apply only to individual coverage, not to group plans.

See also: Small-group exchange sales drift