Dec 24, 2013 4:07 PM by David Randall
DENVER (AP) - Coloradans who need health care coverage starting on New Year's Day now have even more time to sign up.
The CEO of the state's health care exchange, Patty Fontneau, announced Tuesday that staffers will help anyone who signs up by Friday get coverage.
Monday was the original deadline but Connect For Health Colorado at first extended it to Tuesday after the White House gave people in states without health care exchanges more time to sign up.
Colorado's call center is open until 6 p.m. Tuesday, closed on Christmas and back open on Thursday and Friday. People can continue to sign up online 24 hours a day.
Over 5,000 people signed up for coverage Monday, the most in a single day. A total of nearly 43,000 people have signed up since October.