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Ms. Julia Hutchins

Chief Executive Officer

Colorado HealthOP

Direct Phone: (303) ***-****       

Email: j***@***.org

Colorado HealthOP

8000 E. Maplewood Ave., Bldg. 5 Ste. 200

Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

United States

Company Description

Colorado HealthOP is Colorado's first statewide nonprofit health insurance cooperative (CO-OP). Colorado HealthOP was established in response to the growing demand for feasible, affordable healthcare for individuals and small businesses throughout the Roc ... more

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Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director
Colorado Access

Senior Director , Business Development and Planning
Alameda Alliance for Health

Policy and Planning Analyst
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services


Board Member


Bachelor of Arts Degree
Washington University

Master's degree
Public Health
University of California , Berkeley

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Nashco | Fox Business: What are Obamacare’s Health Insurance Co-ops?

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Co-ops can indeed be cost-effective, asserts Julia Hutchins, CEO of Colorado Health Op, a Denver-based co-op. Because the Obamacare health insurance co-ops are starting fresh, she says they don't face the potentially costly transition to paperless systems that many older health insurers are facing. Also, Hutchins insists co-ops will be able to emphasize the sorts of things that can help bring down costs, such as wellness programs and preventive care.

"For the typical member, a co-op will most likely work a lot like their private insurer currently does, but with some key differences," Hutchins says.
While professional administrators will carry out day-to-day functions, members (that is, the consumers) will help shape policy by electing boards and giving input through regular surveys.
"The members are my bosses," Hutchins says. "Not the shareholders."
Though co-ops will be available in only about half the states in 2014, co-op members will be able to use their coverage in their home state and elsewhere, she says.
"Just like a private insurance company, we have the ability to contract with providers and establish rates for out-of-network service," Hutchins says.
And what about the network - and your selection of doctors? It may depend on where you live.
"In rural areas, they may not have a lot of choice because there aren't a lot of providers," Hutchins says.
When sizing up a health insurance co-op, Hutchins advises consumers to consider more than just price.
"One of the most important things is benefit design," she says. "Thankfully, the exchanges will help consumers do an apples-to-apples comparison so they understand what all the different plans will and won't cover."
She says customer service is important, too. The hope is that a more transparent marketplace will eventually allow consumers to shop for health insurance by looking not only at price and benefits, but also at how quickly claims and disputes are dealt with, and how easily a customer service rep can be reached on the phone.
"We won't have ratings on service just yet because exchanges are new," she says.

Nashco | New co-op gearing up

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"In October, we will fundamentally change the way we offer insurance," said Julia Hutchins, CEO of Colorado HealthOP.

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Julia Hutchins LinkedIn Profile

Julia Hutchins
CEO - Colorado HealthOP


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We are joined by three guests: physician, professor and single-payer advocate Dr. Steffie Woolhandler; Wendell Potter, a former insurance executive turned whistleblower; and Julia Hutchins, chief executive officer of Colorado HealthOP, a consumer-directed, nonprofit health cooperative in Colorado that was forced to shut down last month.

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