Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Colorado adds 50,000 to Medicaid rolls in two weeks

Medicaid expansion is galloping forward in Colorado with the state adding nearly 50,000 additional people in the first two weeks of December to the state’s Medicaid rolls.
Altogether in Colorado, more than 114,000 people have qualified to start receiving care by Jan. 1 through Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people and the disabled.
Sign-ups for private health insurance through Colorado’s exchange continue to increase with a deadline fast approaching on Dec. 23 to get coverage that starts on New Year’s Day. As of mid-December, 23,009 people have signed up for private health plans through Connect for Health Colorado. More than 13,000 of those people completed their applications in the first two weeks of December and managers hope the accelerated pace will continue.
Connect for Health managers are racing to try to reach projections that so far have not matched sign-ups. Managers had a low estimate that predicted at least 37,000 people would sign up by the end of December. On the high end, they had hoped for about 103,000 sign-ups by the end of 2013. (Click here to see projections.)

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon

For the rest of the story, go to Health Policy Solutions.

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