After getting many complaints about website problems with HealthCare.gov, Obama administration officials Friday announced that they will give consumers extra eight days to sign up for health coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services — a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the parent of the Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight — said it will push the individual coverage enrollment deadline to Dec. 23, from Dec. 15.
The CMS move changes an administrative deadline set by HHS and has no effect on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act statutory exchange program and enrollment period deadlines.
The first exchange open enrollment period is set to end March 31.
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For coverage starting on the first of February or later months, the application deadline will continue to be the fifteenth of the previous month, officials said.