State insurance regulators say they will give health insurers another year to offer plans that don't meet new federal requirements.
The cost to set up Connect for Health was paid almost entirely by federal grants. Those grants run out next year.
Rising premiums are forcing Colorado companies to choose between group plans or ask employees to buy individual coverage through Connect for Health Colorado.
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.
The bill extending the nation's debt ceiling passed, but all of Colorado's GOP members voted against it.
Expect to hear more about the penalty for not buying health insurance as Colorado adjusts its marketing messages around the Affordable Care Act.
With Dec. 23 deadline looming, advocates fan out across the state to reach potential customers on the telephone or in public places like grocery stores and pharmacies.
Although enrollment totals are still far below initial projections, but there's been a significant uptick in sign-ups.