Colorado insurance exchange enrollments pass 35,000 mark

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Many are expected to visit healthcare.gov on Dec. 23, 2013, to sign up for Obamacare coverage in 2014. (Photo: healthcare.gov)

DENVER — On the final day for people to buy health insurance online that will take effect on Jan. 1, Colorado’s insurance exchange reported that more than 35,000 people have now bought plans on the site.

And as the deadline nears, the website and the call center that supports it are being overloaded with people looking to secure coverage in time.

As of Saturday, Dec. 21, some 35,363 people had signed up for plans on Connect for Health Colorado.

Officials with the exchange are optimistic they might get past the 40,000 mark by the end of the year.

“We’re really excited about where we are today,” said Lindy Hinman, Connect for Health Colorado’s chief operating officer. “We’re right in line with our targets at this point, which is really exciting. And it’s important to remind people that we still have past Jan. 1 to get people covered.”

Those who purchase coverage after Dec. 23 can still find coverage that kicks in by Feb. 1, 2014.

The open enrollment period will continue through March 31, 2014, the deadline for signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act; after that, many of those who remain uninsured will be subject to fines.

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13 comments

  • pam

    After you sign up the gov will have access to your bank accts, credit etc people have been overcharged leaving them with an empty bank acct. What do you expect? Competency?

  • THE TRUTH

    Save your money folks. There is a good possible that this OBAMACARE will be repealed. The tax penalty is WAY LESS than having unneeded unaffordable health insurance. Think about it.

  • NativeColoRN

    …ole Eli is trying, like Jay Carney and Barry Obama, to polish a turd…BUT, THEY CAN’T. 35000 is what is stated, which is nemic, at best… and EVEN those numbers are suspect. OTHER sources, including Colorado Hospital Assoc, has the number at 28500! America has been FORCED FED a Ponzi Scheme that even Bernie Maddoff would be proud of, it is called Obummer care. And, like ALL ponzi schemes, they collapse like a house of cards!
    ELI and FOX31 …FEEBLE attempt at distortion,again.

  • Bill

    So 250,000 in Colorado lose their insurance and 35,000 sign up. We’re only 215,000 in the hole from where we were before Oblamerscare.

  • Silence DoGood

    An explanation of the cost structure of the ACA, for those who are interested. Good luck and merry Christmas!

  • Tom Sanders

    WOW….35,000 out of millions…where are all the democrat voters that wanted this?? Why haven’t you all or part of you signed up?? I’ll tell you why…you’re imbreded uneducated jackasses that thought you could mooch off other people for free health care and when you found out that your paying for lazy maggots like yourself you ran to your toilet like roaches….AGAIN…WHY AREN’T YOU SIGNING UP?? WE ARE WAITING TO HEAR WHY..WHY…WHY…!!!!! Just like I thought keeping your baboon mouths SHUT…!!

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