HealthCare.gov announced that it would be extending the first deadline to Dec. 17 at 11:59pm PST for people looking to enroll in coverage effective Jan. 1.
HealthCare.gov CEO Kevin Counihan released the following statement:
“Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line. Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage. ”