Colorado health insurance and Colorado Medicaid enrollment up

DENVER - More than 69,000 Coloradans have signed up or been approved for health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado.

That's an increase of about 10 percent since mid-December, when officials said nearly 63,000 people had signed up.

Colorado is one of 13 states that created its own health care exchange under the the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as "Obamacare."

"Enrollment activity remained steady throughout January," state officials said Tuesday. "Outreach and marketing efforts are intensifying to maximize enrollments in February and March."

Open enrollment for health care continues until March 31.

As of Jan. 1, Medicaid has relaxed its criteria to cover more people.

"Medicaid is covering more adults and more parents with children on Medicaid," according to Rachel Reiter with Colorado Medicaid.

Colorado Medicaid has signed up 117,607 people since Oct. 1.

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