Monday, December 23, 2013

White House Quietly Delays #ObamaCare Enrollment Deadline

Quietly? Or secretly?

Either way, another sign things are totally FUBAR.

At Jammie, "Due to Underwhelming Demand, Obama ‘Secretly’ Extends ObamaCare Enrollment Period."

And at the Wall Street Journal, "For Health Coverage Starting Jan. 1, Deadline Extended a Day: March 31 Is Next Key Date in Signing Up for Insurance":
Federal officials delayed the deadline to sign up for Jan. 1 coverage through the end of Christmas Eve.

The deadline was originally set for midnight on Dec. 23, but contractors managing the site changed configurations to allow users to sign up for the first wave of health-law coverage through Dec. 24, people familiar with the matter said.

"Anticipating high demand and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who select a plan through tomorrow will get coverage for Jan 1," Julie Bataille, director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service's Office of Communications, said in a statement.

The extension was needed in part because technical problems continue to limit the volume of users that can navigate the site at once, and officials worried people attempting to sign up Monday might not be able to do so. The site has had a record day, with more than one million visits by midmorning, federal officials said on Twitter.

Consumers seeking coverage should attempt to sign up today anyway, Ms. Bataille said. "If you are aiming to get coverage January 1, you should try to sign up today."

News of the change was earlier reported by the Washington Post.

The change follows weeks of last-minute policy shifts for the administration. Last week, for instance, with only days before the enrollment deadline, the Obama administration said people whose plans were canceled would be exempted from a requirement that people buy coverage or pay a fee next year.
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