Colorado far behind health insurance goal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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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