Connect for Health Colorado health insurance applicants to get extra time to finish applications

DENVER - Colorado will give health insurance applicants extra time to finish the enrollment process, if they start before the March 31 deadline.

Connect for Health Colorado will make an official announcement about the extension Wednesday afternoon.

The national health insurance exchange made a similar announcement Tuesday saying that people who had  started applying for health insurance but weren't able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline would get extra time.

"We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment, either online or over the phone," Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright said.

It's unclear how long the extension will last.

The federal government health insurance plans cover 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead on sign-ups. Colorado is one of 14 states running its own exchange and website.

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