Obamacare Deadline Extended to December 24
Matt | On 23, Dec 2013
Good news for those looking for insurance under the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
The deadline to register for coverage that will begin on January 1 has been extended to the end of the day on Tuesday, December 24. The original deadline of December 23 was moved by the Obama Administration on Monday afternoon.
Officials cited over 1.2 million visitors to the healthcare portal over the past weekend. The Chicago Tribune said 850,000 visitors went there by Monday at 2:00 p.m. The call center for Healthcare.gov fielded around 200,000 calls from people interested in signing up for coverage.
Those in the Administration are cautioning against starting the sign-up process for the first time on Tuesday if you are trying to make the January 1 deadline. The heavy website traffic will most likely only get worse as the new deadline nears. A good off-peak time to visit the site might be after midnight or 1:00 a.m. ET Tuesday. Sneak in there while a lot of people are asleep! lol…
The December 24 deadline is just the first of two major deadlines for coverage. With the new law, most Americans must have insurance by March 31, 2014 or face a $95 penalty from the federal government on their federal income tax forms.
It is good to see people actively seeking insurance through Healthcare.gov after the botched rollout of the site back in October. Federal officials are encouraged by the progress and have used just about every day this month to remind people via social media of the deadlines, how to sign up, and some of their latest successes.