Obamacare signup deadline extended for tough cases, administration says

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By Kevin Bohn

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration will give more time to people who try to apply for health insurance coverage through the federal marketplace by Monday but encounter difficulty, administration officials said Tuesday evening.

Monday is the deadline for people to enroll in order to have coverage for this year or face penalties.

“Open enrollment ends March 31. We are experiencing a surge in demand and are making sure that we will be ready to help consumers who may be in line by the deadline to complete enrollment — either online or over the phone,” Joanne Peters, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services, said.

Administration officials said this move, similar to the one in December for the large number of people who were trying to sign up by January 1, will accommodate people who face special circumstances or complex cases and need extra time to complete their enrollment.

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  • Todd Williams

    Healthcare-dot-gov is still down on March 31st (as of 1pm MDT).
    If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s what you need to do:
    1-Register on healthcare-dot-gov. This will require entering your name, address, and an email address. Once you register, the website will send a confirmation email to your email address. Click on it. You still might not be able to log-in or shop for plans, but you will have registered before the deadline.
    2-Call 1-800-318-2596 and leave your phone number saying you want to enroll. this creates a paper-trail indicating that you tried to apply before the March 31st deadline.
    3-If you register to try to apply (over the phone) before 10pm March 31st, you will have several weeks in April to complete your application, calculate you premium subidy, and select a health insurance plan.
    If you have any questions, contact Take Care Utah at the links above

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