Obamacare deadline may see extension


With the deadline to apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act soon approaching this Friday, the Obama administration said it would extend the deadline for those who faced technical issues with the federal exchange, according to The New York Times.

The deadline extension applies to people who can show they were unable to enroll because of an error through the exchange or the Department of Health and Human Services.

If people do not have health insurance after March 31, they may be subject to tax penalties.  

According to The New York Times, Aaron Albright, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said the center is experiencing a growth in demand as the deadline approaches.

HealthCare.gov faced technical difficulties and glitches last October and November, the first two months of the six-month enrollment period, when it first went live, according to Reuters.

Consumers claim to have enrolled in an insurance plan through HealthCare.gov, but The New York Times reports they did not receive information from the insurer and filed a complaint with the federal government.


By Julian Chokkattu

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