Obamacare Deadline Is Now April 15

Administration officials announced that everyone who is in line to get health insurance must complete the process over the next 12 days.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 15: As people stand in line to speak with an insurance agent Dailem Delombard sits with an agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on January 15, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Today is deadline day for those that want insurance to start on February the 1st. According to the owner of Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, Odalys Arevalo, their business selling insurance under the Affordable Care Act has exploded so much so that by the end of the week they will be moving to a 24,000 square foot space at the mall because they have outgrown the kiosk. They have over 25 agents and are seeing hundreds of people daily, last Saturday they saw about 1,000 people with wait times of over 5 hours. 
Getty Images
Clara Ritger
April 3, 2014, 8:52 a.m.

April 15 is the new dead­line to fin­ish Obama­care health in­sur­ance ap­plic­a­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials an­nounced Thursday.

“For those in line on the 31st, we en­cour­age con­sumers to fin­ish the pro­cess as soon as pos­sible,” Alicia Hartinger, spokes­wo­man at the Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices, said in an email. “They must com­plete their en­roll­ment by no later than the 15th for cov­er­age this year.”

The ex­ten­ded sign-up time frame has made in­sur­ance com­pan­ies nervous, as they fear a loose dead­line will al­low more cus­tom­ers to wait un­til their health ex­penses are high­er.

But the ad­min­is­tra­tion gran­ted some con­sumers more time to sign up for cov­er­age due to high traffic on Health­Care.gov dur­ing the days lead­ing up to the broad­er March 31 dead­line. Some were put in a queue or asked to come back later when there were few­er people try­ing to get their ap­plic­a­tions through the sys­tem. The fed­er­al on­line ex­change fielded more than 3 mil­lion vis­its on March 31.

Some people will qual­i­fy for ex­tra time to en­roll bey­ond the April 15 cut-off. Ac­cord­ing to guid­ance pos­ted on Health­Care.gov, people who con­tin­ue to have trouble with their ap­plic­a­tions qual­i­fy for a “spe­cial en­roll­ment peri­od” that could al­low them up to 60 days to sign up after the event.

And qual­i­fy­ing life events — such as los­ing a job, get­ting mar­ried, or hav­ing a baby — al­low Amer­ic­ans to sign up for health in­sur­ance out­side of the open en­roll­ment peri­od. Low-in­come and dis­abled per­sons who qual­i­fy for Medi­caid can also en­roll at any time.

What We're Following See More »
“PROFOUNDLY DANGEROUS”
Clinton Rips Into Trump
9 hours ago
THE DETAILS

Just a day after Donald Trump called her a bigot, Hillary Clinton delivered a scathing speech tying Trump to the KKK and so-called “alt-right.” This new frontier of debate between the two candidates has emerged at a time when Trump has been seeking to appeal to minority voters, among whom he has struggled to garner support. Calling him “profoundly dangerous,” Clinton didn’t hold back on her criticisms of Trump. “He is taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party,” Clinton said.

PROCEDURES NOT FOLLOWED
Trump Not on Ballot in Minnesota
14 hours ago
THE LATEST
MOB RULE?
Trump on Immigration: ‘I Don’t Know, You Tell Me’
18 hours ago
THE LATEST

Perhaps Donald Trump can take a plebiscite to solve this whole messy immigration thing. At a Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity last night, Trump essentially admitted he's "stumped," turning to the audience and asking: “Can we go through a process or do you think they have to get out? Tell me, I mean, I don’t know, you tell me.”

Source:
BIG CHANGE FROM WHEN HE SELF-FINANCED
Trump Enriching His Businesses with Donor Money
2 days ago
WHY WE CARE

Donald Trump "nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign." A campaign spokesman "said the increased office space was needed to accommodate an anticipated increase in employees," but the campaign's paid staff has actually dipped by about 25 since March. The campaign has also paid his golf courses and restaurants about $260,000 since mid-May.

Source:
QUESTIONS OVER IMMIGRATION POLICY
Trump Cancels Rallies
2 days ago
THE LATEST

Donald Trump probably isn't taking seriously John Oliver's suggestion that he quit the race. But he has canceled or rescheduled rallies amid questions over his stance on immigration. Trump rescheduled a speech on the topic that he was set to give later this week. Plus, he's also nixed planned rallies in Oregon and Las Vegas this month.

Source:
×