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Colorado joins health insurance sprint

By: Associated Press
March 31, 2014 Updated: March 31, 2014 at 7:29 am
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photo - Lauren Farnsworth, left, and April Buell hand out literature and juice shots from a mock bar on an outdoor pedestrian mall, encouraging the public to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, during a promotional campaign launched by Colorado HealthOP, an independent non-profit health care co-op, in Denver, Thursday March 20, 2014. More than 250,000 Coloradans have become covered through the state-run insurance exchange since enrollment began October 1, 2013, and those who still do not have health insurance have two more weeks to get coverage or pay a fine. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
Lauren Farnsworth, left, and April Buell hand out literature and juice shots from a mock bar on an outdoor pedestrian mall, encouraging the public to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, during a promotional campaign launched by Colorado HealthOP, an independent non-profit health care co-op, in Denver, Thursday March 20, 2014. More than 250,000 Coloradans have become covered through the state-run insurance exchange since enrollment began October 1, 2013, and those who still do not have health insurance have two more weeks to get coverage or pay a fine. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) 

DENVER — Colorado's health insurance exchange is joining the national sprint to get people signed up by the end of the day.

People who don't have health insurance by April 1, or who haven't applied for it, face federal fines.

Colorado has already exceeded baseline federal goals for enrollment through its state-run insurance exchange, called Connect For Health Colorado, but Colorado hasn't met its most ambitious goals and hopes to enroll walk-in customers at special storefronts and online by the end of the day.

As of last week, 106,000 Coloradans had signed up for private insurance since the exchange opened in October. Another 151,000 had enrolled in Medicaid.

CNN reported Monday that in the early-morning hours of the final day of open enrollment, the government’s health care website experienced technical problems as troubleshooters worked on a “software bug,” a senior administration official said.

“System isn’t available at the moment. We’re currently performing maintenance,” the message on healthcare.gov said.

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http://connectforhealthco.com

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