Colorado health care exchange
A screenshot of the home page taken on October 1, 2013 at 8:55 a.m. (Connect for Health Colorado)

Enrollment for private health insurance coverage for this year ended Monday with a surge that led to 118,628 Coloradans signing up on the state exchange.

Some 12,000 people signed up during the last hectic week of open enrollment.

Enrollments under the Affordable Care Act are expected to continue to climb over the next few weeks in Colorado.

Those who started their applications prior to the deadline, but were unable to complete them, will be given more time.

Connect for Health Colorado reported Tuesday that between Oct. 1 and March 31, more than 277,000 Coloradans obtained either commercial or public health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid gained 158,521 enrollees. The federal program expanded under the law in Colorado to cover lower-income single adults as well as disabled people, mothers, pregnant women and children.

The exchange made a small gain in an important demographic — young adults, ages 18-34, who are, on average, healthier (and less expensive medically speaking) than older residents. They now make up 26 percent of the mix, up from 24 percent on March 1.

Health policy analysts have predicted a pool made up of 35 percent to 40 percent of these younger enrollees could check insurance price increases in 2015.

Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus, the state's health insurance plan for low-income children, offer year-round enrollment.


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