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3,736 In Colorado Picked Exchange Plans In October

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(credit: connectforhealthco.com)

(credit: connectforhealthco.com)

DENVER (AP) – New data from the federal government show that 3,736 people have gotten private insurance through Colorado’s state-run health insurance exchange.

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that Colorado received 20,492 applications for insurance, covering 45,575 individuals, between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2.

Some 36,335 people were determined to be eligible to enroll in an insurance marketplace health plan, with 6,807 of that group eligible for financial assistance.

Some 3,736 individuals in the state actually completed the process and selected a plan in that month.

Thirty-six states, not including Colorado, are relying on the federally run exchange at www.healthcare.gov . Problems with that website have prevented most people from completing applications or even registering in some cases, and just 26,794 people from those 36 states signed up for plans in the first month.

States with their own exchanges, such as Colorado, have generally had better results than states using the federally run exchange.

Colorado’s exchange is called Connect for Health. It has a goal of 136,000 purchasers by the end of March.

RELATED: Colorado & The Affordable Care Act

LINK: Connect For Health Colorado

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