Colorado far behind health insurance goal

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DENVER (AP) Colorado is giving uninsured folks an extra eight days to sign up for health insurance and have coverage by the first of the year.

The state-run exchange board agreed Monday to extend the deadline until Dec. 23 because of slow signups.

The Denver Post reports Monday that enrollment through Colorado's state-run exchange is barely half the state's worst-case projection.

The online shopping site announced last week that it had signed up 6,001 Coloradans so far. Exchange board members had projected a lowest-level mid-November enrollment of 11,108.

The exchange needs 136,300 enrollees in 2014 to raise $6.5 million of its $51.4 million expenses.

Emails obtained by the newspaper under open-records laws show board members are concerned the shortfall. Board members are also worried about a possible logjam at the Dec. 15 deadline for buying coverage that would start at the beginning of next year.



 
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