Colorado health insurance tally reaches 277,000, more expected

DENVER - Colorado health authorities said Tuesday that 277,149 people signed up for insurance to comply with the new health law.

These sign-ups happened between Oct. 1, 2013 and Monday, and more enrollments are expected as people who began the process prior to the March 31 deadline finish their applications. Connect For Health Colorado says it saw brisk lines but no technical glitches on Monday, the final day to sign up.

“Our enrollment numbers today demonstrate we have taken a significant step toward covering many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers who were previously uninsured,” said Sue Birch, executive director of Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. “Even though open enrollment has ended, our work toward making Colorado the healthiest state in the country will continue.”

Anyone who was not able to complete an application by the Monday deadline may still have an opportunity to work with staff from Connect for Health Colorado. The next open enrollment period will be Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus at any point during the year.

Colorado has already met baseline federal enrollment goals, but the state is short of its most optimistic projections.

118,628 Coloradans signed up for commercial insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 158,521 enrolled in Medicaid.



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