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Clock is ticking – don't delay on signing up for insurance

10 days.

That's how long you have to ensure that your loved ones will have access to health care and be protected against financial calamity. If you are already covered, we urge you to share this email with friends and family members.

The deadline for Coloradans to get health coverage for 2014 is fast approaching. Starting April 1, Coloradans will not be able to enroll in commercial insurance plans unless they experience a "qualifying life event," such as having a child, getting married or losing their current coverage (see full list).

More than 100,000 Coloradans have enrolled in plans through Connect for Health Colorado (C4HC), our state-run health insurance marketplace, and officials expect the number to surge as the deadline nears.

Concerned about the cost of coverage?

That's where tax credits can help.

More than half of those who have enrolled in plans through C4HC have qualified for tax credits, which significantly reduce the cost of coverage. In fact, the average monthly savings on  premiums is $277. That's nothing to sneeze at!

You can use this simple calculator to predict what financial assistance you and your family might receive.

Worried the process will be too complicated, or tricky to navigate?

Health coverage guides can walk you through the enrollment process (855-752-6749), or you can check out an assistance site to get in-person help. Walk-in sites (no appointment necessary) will be offering help through the March 31 deadline.

If you don't get coverage, chances are you'll have to pay a penalty. We explained this recently – Curious what happens if you don't buy health insurance?

"Coverage is the first step towards better health, a healthier economy and a healthier Colorado," said the executive director of the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing.

Don't miss your chance to ensure that you and your loved ones are covered – enroll today!