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Colorado signs up 35,000 for Obamacare; deadline extended

John Colson
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

As President Barack Obama on Monday quietly extended the deadline for signing up to get health insurance that takes effect by Jan. 1, Colorado managers of the Affordable Care Act website, Connect for Health Colorado, reported that more than 35,000 Coloradans have signed up for insurance through the state's online insurance marketplace.

The original deadline was Dec. 23 to sign up for insurance that would take effect by Jan. 1. But during the weekend, according to a story in the Washington Post, government officials and outside technology contractors working on the software that runs the Affordable Care Act website made a change that automatically gives people a Jan. 1 start date for their coverage if they enroll by 11:59 tonight.

The full enrollment period, for those hoping to have insurance coverage in 2014, is at the end of March.