Save this content for laterSave this content on your device for later, even while offline Sign in with FacebookSign in with your Facebook account Close

Record number of Coloradans enroll for health insurance on state's exchange

December 19, 2017 Updated: December 19, 2017 at 10:52 pm
0
photo - FILE - An employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to a walk in client signing up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday March. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
FILE - An employee of Connect For Health Colorado, the state's health care exchange, explains options and procedures to a walk in client signing up for insurance on the last day before fines are imposed, in Denver, Monday March. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) 

More people than ever before met the first deadline for purchasing health insurance through the state's exchange.

Medical plan enrollments on Connect for Health Colorado totaled 149,006 through Sunday - the vast majority meeting the first deadline. The figure marked a 7 percent increase from the same point in 2016.

The enrollment totals came despite months of uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act, which congressional Republicans repeatedly tried to repeal. President Donald Trump also has sought to undermine the law by cutting outreach funding and removing certain subsidy payments to insurers.

"To me it says that people recognize the value of health insurance," said Luke Clarke, the exchange's spokesman, "and the importance of protecting their personal finances, and anticipating the unexpected medical costs that can set you back."

Friday marked the deadline to sign up for coverage for people living in the dozens of states that use the federal exchange, Healthcare.gov.

But Colorado and several other states that operate their own exchanges have allowed their residents extra time to find insurance plans for 2018.

Coloradans who missed the recent deadline still have until Jan. 12 to pick a plan for next year, though that coverage won't take effect until Feb. 1.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Incognito Mode Your browser is in Incognito mode

You vanished!

We welcome you to read all of our stories by signing into your account. If you don't have a subscription, please subscribe today for daily award winning journalism.

Register to the Colorado Springs Gazette
Subscribe to the Colorado Springs Gazette

It appears that you value local journalism. Thank you.

Subscribe today for unlimited digital access with 50% fewer ads for a faster browsing experience.

Already a Subscriber? LOGIN HERE

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

Wake up with today's top stories in your inbox

or
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 
This is your last FREE article for the month
This is your last FREE article for the month

Subscribe now and enjoy Unlimited Digital Access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?

 
You have reached your article limit for the month
You have reached your article limit for the month

We hope that you've enjoyed your complimentary access to Gazette.com

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber?
Already a digital subscriber?
 

Exclusive Subscriber Content

You read The Gazette because you care about your community and the local stories you can't find anywhere else.

Only 99 cents for Unlimited Digital Access for 1 month
Then $2.31/week, billed monthly, cancel anytime
Already a print subscriber? Get Access | Already a digital subscriber? Log In
 
articles remaining
×
Thank you for your interest in local journalism.
Gain unlimited access, 50% fewer ads and a faster browsing experience.