Connect for Health Colorado applicants dealing with application delays caused by Medicaid

DENVER - Colorado's health exchange website may be up and running, but users are finding a problem with the application process.

Consumers trying to enroll in private insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act must fill out a lengthy Medicaid application, and then wait to be approved or denied, before moving to the next step.

If Medicaid takes its full 45-day legal limit to give a response, current buyers will miss the Dec. 15 deadline to have coverage begin or continue on Jan. 1.

The Colorado health-exchange board is pushing for an overhaul to speed complex Medicaid and insurance applications.

The Denver Post reports that the board pressed for an upgrade Monday.

Also Monday, the state Division of Insurance said it will hold four public hearings around the state for consumers with canceled policies.

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