Although the deadline to register for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act was on Tuesday, HealthCare.gov announced it would be extending the deadline to Thursday, Dec. 17.
This applies to individuals who want their coverage to start by Jan.1, 2016.
CEO Kevin Counihan released the following statement:
"Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line. Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage. "
Those who miss the deadline will stay have the chance to get insurance through the Affordable Care Act for 2015 if they register by the end of January. However, this means that their coverage will also begin later in the year.
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