This story has been updated to reflect the exact extended Jan. 1-start coverage application deadline.
Managers of HealthCare.gov have responded to complaints about website glitches and outages, and overloaded call centers, by pushing the application deadline for coverage that starts Jan. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Friday.
The current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) open enrollment period started Nov. 15 and is set to end Jan. 31. The original deadline for Jan. 1 start coverage was supposed to be at midnight Pacific Time today.
CMS officials announced the move around 8 p.m. Originally, they described the new deadline as being at 12 a.m. Pacific Time Friday.
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CMS officials said that, in addition to the people who have completed the coverage application process, 1 million have officially gotten in line for coverage in the past two days by leaving email addresses with HealthCare.gov and asking for the exchange to contact them.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (CMS), the parent of CMS, had CMS set up HealthCare.gov to handle exchange plan enrollment in states without their own public exchange enrollment sites.
State-based exchanges can take the same approach or a different approach.