Colorado will have at least one health-insurance carrier offering individual and small-group coverage in every county next year through the state-run insurance marketplace, the state Division of Insurance announced today.

That news -- plus an earlier announcement from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield that it will continue to participate in the Connect for Health Colorado exchange -- will help to ease concerns that large areas of western Colorado might not have coverage through the exchange in 2018.

Monday was the deadline for insurers to file proposed rates for coverage to be offered next year through the state exchange, which was established in response to the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

In all, 12 health insurers submitted coverage plans and proposed premiums for individuals and small groups to the Division of Insurance for review by Monday's deadline. The agency said it plans to release details for public comment July 14.

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