Administration May Extend Obamacare Deadline to March 31

However, this is not the delay of the individual mandate which some legislators have asked for.

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Clara Ritger
Oct. 23, 2013, 3:02 p.m.

The Af­ford­able Care Act re­quires all Amer­ic­ans to have health in­sur­ance or be sub­ject to a tax pen­alty, known as the in­di­vidu­al man­date.

In or­der to avoid the pen­alty for not hav­ing in­sur­ance, in­di­vidu­als must sign up for health cov­er­age by Feb. 15.

That date may change, however, as the ad­min­is­tra­tion is cur­rently work­ing to ex­tend that dead­line un­til the end of the open en­roll­ment peri­od, which is Oct. 1 through March 31.

“There is a dis­con­nect between the open en­roll­ment and in­di­vidu­al re­spons­ib­il­ity time frames in the first year only,” a De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices of­fi­cial said. “The ad­min­is­tra­tion is work­ing to align those policies and will is­sue guid­ance soon. This guid­ance will en­sure that if you sign up for in­sur­ance by the end of March, you will not face a pen­alty.”

For cla­ri­fic­a­tion, this is not the delay of the in­di­vidu­al man­date which some le­gis­lat­ors have asked for, which was a one-year delay un­til 2015—the same delay gran­ted to em­ploy­ers earli­er this year.


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