DENVER (AP) - Enrollment in Colorado's health insurance exchange and expanded Medicaid programs is ramping up steeply, according to totals released Monday, but the numbers are still far behind the exchange's projections.
Connect For Health Colorado said Monday that private policies climbed by two-thirds in the last two weeks. Colorado's state-run exchange now has 9,980 members buying private policies, many subsidized by federal credits. That was up from 6,001 when the exchange last reported Nov. 18.
The exchange totals are still far behind the board's worst-case projections for this point in the new program.
State Medicaid officials are having more success reaching milestones in their expanded public insurance program, with 64,290 more Coloradans now scheduled to receive assistance Jan. 1. That also was up sharply from 47,309 in mid-November.
"The pace of enrollments is increasing, including one day last week when close to 600 people signed up for private health insurance plans," said a statement by Patty Fontneau, CEO of Connect for Health Colorado. "We are making a strong push for enrollments in December and expect a busy month."
The exchange staff said last week it was extending the deadline for those who want coverage to start Jan. 1. Those buyers now have until Dec. 23 to sign for a plan and make a first payment.
Some Colorado buyers have been confused by conflicting claims about whether they can keep their current individual insurance. It now appears most who want to can renew an existing policy rather than buy through the exchange, but they may face a cost increase and will lose the chance to get a federal subsidy.
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