Obamacare Enrollment Allowed After March 31

The White House is announcing added leniency for consumers who say they tried to sign up for health coverage before the deadline.

Mercy Cabrera, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, speaks on the phone as she helps a person with information about an insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at the store setup in the Westland Mall on November 14, 2013 in Hialeah, Florida.
National Journal
Clara Ritger
March 25, 2014, 6:45 p.m.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced late Tues­day that con­sumers who say they tried to sign up for health in­sur­ance on the fed­er­al ex­change be­fore March 31 will be able to get cov­er­age past the dead­line.

The new guidelines were first re­por­ted by The Wash­ing­ton Post, which ad­ded that con­sumers will have un­til mid-April to sign up for new cov­er­age. Ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials would not con­firm that de­tail, say­ing only that more in­form­a­tion would be com­ing soon.

Con­sumers will have to at­test to their cir­cum­stances as part of the late ap­plic­a­tion pro­cess, an ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said. De­tails on who will qual­i­fy for the ex­tra time to en­roll have yet to be re­leased.

“We are ex­per­i­en­cing a surge in de­mand and are mak­ing sure that we will be ready to help con­sumers who may be in line by the dead­line to com­plete en­roll­ment,” said Aaron Al­bright, a spokes­man at the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices agency in charge of the fed­er­al ex­change.

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