Colorado residents without health insurance could face fines if they miss enrollment deadline

DENVER - Officials say young people remain the focus of their efforts to enroll uninsured Colorado residents.
If you do not sign up by March 31, your next opportunity will not be until Nov. 15, 2014, said Lindy Hinman, chief operating officer for Connect for Health Colorado.
While 85,000 people have signed up so far, there are an estimated 750,000 uninsured individuals in Colorado, said Hinman.

"There's many other avenues to get insurance in the market. So we're not the only game in town. It's going to take some time to really assess how many people that were uninsured prior to this going live -- who actually got insured.  We'll just have to see what the data provides long-term," she said.
Over the next two to three years, the goal is to have up to 250,000 Colorado residents signed up for the program.
For those who don't sign up, the Internal Revenue Service will institute fines.

If you miss the March 31 deadline, enrollments will be offered in exceptional cases, such as the loss of a job or employment provided insurance said Hinman.


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