Newport, R.I. (Library of Congress/Puck sketch/Raymond Ewer)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange has again extended the deadline to enroll in a health plan and pay to have coverage begin next month.

HealthSource RI says individuals now have until Dec. 31 to select a plan and must pay by Jan. 6 if they want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1.

The state-based Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange recently moved the enrollment deadline to Dec. 23, from Dec. 15.

Small employers will have until Dec. 27 to pick a plan for their workers, with payment also due by Jan. 6.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said last week it would extend the deadlines for the federally run marketplaces run by HHS.

Rhode Island is offering 12 individuals plans and 16 small group plans, along with expanded Medicaid eligibility.

In its first two months, 2,649 individuals enrolled in private plans and 5,280 enrolled in Medicaid.

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