UnknownWell3 Pikes Peak, a partnership between local health care and wellness professionals, launched in 2013 to provide comprehensive information on — and consumer connections to — community resources for general wellness and health care, and to explain insurance changes created by the Affordable Care Act.

The consortium, which includes Colorado Springs Health Partners, Penrose, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Choice Health Plans, the El Paso County Medical Society and Value Care Health Clinic, will be hosting several educational events to begin the new year. The group, according to well3pp.com, aims to create well-informed and empowered health care consumers while supporting the well-being of the Pikes Peak region.

Kayleen Jackson, director of product development with Colorado Choice Health Plans said Well3 provides a two-pronged approach to addressing community needs.

“One talks about wellness in Colorado Springs and El Paso County,” Jackson said. “The other educates [consumers] about changes in health care in general.”

Holly Kortum, Kaiser Permanente’s executive director of operations in Southern Colorado, said, “Well3 brings together local health care organizations to provide an unbiased resource for our community with information about health care, health insurance and being well.”

Each partner provides specialized expertise, according to Lynne Jones, CSHP’s director of business development and marketing. Jones added that CSHP brings a provider’s perspective to the program.

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“There are a lot of newly eligible consumers out there who may not be aware of available resources,” Jones said. “For instance, we’ve seen throughout the industry, not just at CSHP, that we need to educate people about when to access certain levels of care, like the emergency department vs. urgent care vs. waiting to see their primary-care provider. Or, it may be educating [consumers] about the importance of simply finding a primary-care provider.”

Jones said, for business owners, CSHP also assists in creating employer wellness plans.

“Our goal is to steer people to the entity that can provide direct service,” she said.

In addition to wellness, Well3 Pikes Peak dispenses advice on the insurance marketplace via partner organizations like Colorado Choice Health Plans.

Cindy Palmer, CEO at Colorado Choice Health Plans, said her organization served only rural communities when it began more than 40 years ago.

“We’ve recently moved into urban and suburban areas,” Palmer said, adding expansion was partly due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Colorado Choice Health Plans now assists all consumers through the insurance acquisition process. As for businesses, Jackson said one common discussion is about ensuring that coverage is in compliance with new health care laws.   

“The option to not buy health insurance doesn’t exist anymore,” Jackson said. “And it can be daunting when someone signs on to the [Connect for Health Colorado health insurance exchange] website for the first time.”

To further assist individuals and businesses with health care and insurance issues, Well3 Pikes Peak is launching a free wellness app at the beginning of 2015. The mobile app is available in both iOS and Android and provides consumers with daily health tips “that will help empower them to take control of their overall health,” according to a news release.

For more information regarding Well3 Pikes Peak, visit well3pp.com. 

Well3 event schedule:

Prospectors Association

Date: Jan. 13, 2015
Time: 7-9 a.m.
Location: El Paso Club,
30 E. Platte Ave.

Downtown Partnership/Epicentral Co-working Members

Date: Jan. 15, 2015
Time: 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Epicentral Coworking Office, 415 N. Tejon St.

Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce lunch

Date: Jan. 20, 2015
Time: 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: The Warehouse,
25 W. Cimarron St.

Black Chamber

Date: Jan. 21, 2015
Time: 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Southeast YMCA,
2190 Jet Wing Drive