Nearly 220,000 Colorado residents enrolled in healthcare coverage or Medicaid during the most recent three-month open enrollment period, according to Connect for Health Colorado and the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.
When you drill into the numbers, fewer people actually enrolled for private health insurance than what Connect for Health had projected. According to targets adopted by the exchange's finance committee last fall, the low signup projection for this year was nearly 169,000 active enrollments. The high projection was almost 243,000. But in reality only 139,652 people signed up during this most recent enrollment.
During the three-month open enrollment period, 139,652 people enrolled in private coverage through Connect for Health Colorado; another 76,194 in Medicaid and 3,720 in CHP+ [Child Health Plan Plus]. Connect for Health Colorado also enrolled 24,884 individuals in dental plans. Among Connect for Health Colorado customers, 54 percent qualified for financial assistance.
Clarke says the exchange will help anyone who has started the process and still needs assistance enrolling.
“We continue to work with them to complete their enrollment," said Clarke. "We’ve made that promise and we’ll stick with them until they get the coverage they want for 2015.”