Insurance shoppers given grace period

Insurance shoppers given grace period

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This Dec. 20, 2013, image shows part of the HealthCare.gov website in Washington, that notes to enroll by Dec. 23 for coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Policies will soon take effect in new health insurance markets that have been trying to enroll customers. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 1:38 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.

Monday was the deadline for Americans who wanted coverage that started on Jan. 1.

The federal HealthCare.gov system serves 36 states. Some other states have also extended enrollment deadlines slightly.

 

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