Colorado’s health insurance marketplace picks up members; Medicaid expands

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DENVER – Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, more than 74,000 people signed up or gained approval for health care insurance through new or expanded programs, Connect for Health Colorado said in a media release.

Statistics released Monday by the state-level program, which is part of the national Affordable Care Act but runs separately from the much-maligned Healthcare.gov, included people who will benefit from a large expansion of Medicaid.

In the two-month period, Medicaid accounted for 64,290 of the new people, while private insurance through Connect For Health accounted for 9,980, according to program reps.

In the program’s first month, 3,164 people attained private insurance through Connect For Health, meaning about 6,816 joined in November.

“The pace of enrollments is increasing, including one day last week when close to 600 people signed-up for private health insurance plans through Connect for Health Colorado,” Connect for Health Colorado CEO Patty Fontneau said in a statement. “We are making a strong push for enrollments in December and expect a busy month.”

Open enrollment continues until March 31, 2014. Individuals and families can choose from up to 150 private health insurance plans from 10 carriers, and small employers can create small group plans from up to 92 health insurance plans provided by six carriers.

The marketplace’s customer service center is open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-752-6749.