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Colorado's hidden Obamacare number

10:00 PM, Oct 3, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - For all the talk about the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act in Colorado, you might have noticed one key number missing from the media coverage: how many people have actually signed up for coverage.

Connect for Health Colorado said more than 107,000 people visited the state's new health exchange program and created 8,400 accounts as of Wednesday, the exchange's second day. Accounts allow users to browse coverage options.

Connect for Health Colorado has not released how many people have actually signed up for any of the plans offered through the state exchange. The organization isn't making that number public until the end of October.

A Connect for Health spokesman said the number of people actually enrolled is not an accurate measure of interest, because some people may stop by the website but wait to purchase a plan. Coverage doesn't start until January, and people without health insurance have until the end of March to enroll.

Enrollment numbers released by other states have been politicized, with supporters of the health care law pointing to strong interest as a sign of the program's promise and detractors highlighting states where enrollment is low.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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