Rising premiums are forcing Colorado companies to choose between group plans or ask employees to buy individual coverage through Connect for Health Colorado.
Affordable Care Act
Officials say more than 250,000 signed up for health insurance or Medicaid before the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.
March 31 is the deadline to sign up for private insurance through Colorado's health exchange but the state says it will give applicants a little extra time.
The number is less than initial goals anticipated, but still good compared with other states in general.
They say they're prepared to go to federal court if state regulators don't take action.
The Hickenlooper administration says Colorado will not experience the same results as Oregon did when the state expanded Medicaid in 2008.
With demand for primary care rising, one physicians group says the state needs to proactively recruit and train more doctors in the field. But the major changes happening in health care make it hard to know just how many doctors the state needs.
New Colorado exchanges, established under the Affordable Care Act, are drawing many questions from potential customers.