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Ms. Julia Hutchins

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Chief Executive Officer

Colorado HealthOP
7900 East Union Avenue Suite 250
Denver, Colorado 80237
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...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Master's degree , Public Health
    University of California , Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree , Biology
    Washington University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree Degree , Biology
    Washington University
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HealthOP CEO Julia Hutchins ..., 23 April 2014 [cached]
HealthOP CEO Julia Hutchins said the overall sign-ups beat projections. The HealthOP drew a lot of attention for having barely-clad models strolling the 16th Street Mall in October, telling people to “get covered.†In March, street teams handed out juice shots and reminded people that it was “last call†for health insurance.
“We had more fun,†Hutchins said of the inventive marketing strategies. “We had a lot of young energy there and it might have been helpful in creating messages that really resonated (with) young people. But, we really are targeting people of all ages.â€
Hutchins attributes the HealthOP’s enrollment success to giving customers a nonprofit, member-run option and said it may have been an advantage to be entirely new.
“It gives us a certain level of trust,†she said. “Our mission is to improve the health of individuals and communities as a cooperative health plan.
Hutchins of Colorado HealthOP said she would like to see the Medicaid sign-up system greatly simplified in Colorado. State Medicaid managers and exchange officials are supposed to be doing that â€" modeling a new system on Kentucky’s sign-up system.
Colorado: Colorado HealthOP, ..., 13 Nov 2013 [cached]
Colorado: Colorado HealthOP, Julia Hutchins
Prior to becoming CEO of the Colorado HealthOP, Ms. Hutchins served the CO-OP Board as a consultant and was instrumental in the process of securing start-up financing for the CO-OP from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act.
Hutchins was recently the Vice President, Business Development for Colorado Access. She has also served as Sr. Director, Business Development and Planning for Alameda Alliance for Health, Oakland California. In addition, Hutchins has worked in health care policy analysis, legislative advocacy and community organizing. She is proficient in Spanish.
Hutchins received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and Master's degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Public Policy (MPP) from the University of California, Berkeley.
Julia Hutchins
"Through this partnership, we seek to ..., 5 Mar 2013 [cached]
"Through this partnership, we seek to improve the health of our members and reduce health care costs, as well as to provide Coloradoans more choices in their health benefits," Julia Hutchins, CEO of the CO-OP.
Co-ops can indeed be cost-effective, ..., 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
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.
"We are excited with the combined ..., 29 Jan 2014 [cached]
"We are excited with the combined capabilities FlyWheelSM and Evolution1 bring to our members," said Julia Hutchins, CEO of Colorado HealthOP.
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