Health exchange enrollment nears 70K

Enrollment in Colorado’s health insurance exchange, Connect for Health Colorado, reached 69,627 in January, according to data released Tuesday.

The exchange grew by about 11,000 members in the month of January. At the end of December, 52,783 people had enrolled.

New enrollee data for the small business exchange, called Small Business Marketplace, was not released. As of Jan. 2, 99 plans had been purchased through the Small Business Marketplace, covering an estimated 1,045 people.
Enrollment numbers released Tuesday include all enrollment since the exchange opened on Oct. 1, 2013.

Feb. 15 is the next deadline for buyers seeking coverage for insurance that begins March 1. Open enrollment lasts through March 31.

Colorado’s Medicaid expansion has added 117,607 people to the rosters for health care for the state’s disadvantaged. Medicaid enrollment will continue all year.

Medicaid’s much higher numbers are due in part to the fact that Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has been enrolling participants in a program called Adults without Dependent Children since June 2012.

The Adults without Dependent Children, or “AwDC” program was launched to enable adults earning from zero to 10 percent of the federal poverty level but who don’t have children to enroll in Medicaid.

Previously, Medicaid was limited to children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly.

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Molly Armbrister covers real estate, banking and health care for the Northern Colorado Business Report. She can be reached at 970-232-3139, or

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