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2018 Obamacare enrollment is up

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Connect for Health Colorado, as this state's Obamacare marketplace is called, reports that over 43,000 Coloradans purchased a 2018 plan in November. That means insurance enrollment through the state exchange, where individuals and small businesses shop for plans, is up nearly 30 percent in the first month of the annual open enrollment period compared to the same period last year.

Amidst market-shaking uncertainty over health policy emanating from the Republican Party in Washington, D.C., Connect for Health has been emphasizing that it's still around, financial assistance is still available and everyone — whether or not the tax code explicitly requires it — still needs health insurance. CEO Kevin Patterson said in a news release he's "pleased" with enrollment figures so far.

To get coverage starting Jan. 1, people need to sign up by Dec. 15. After that and until Jan. 12, people can still sign up for coverage starting Feb. 1. Visit connectforhealthco.com to review options and apply for assistance.

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