ACA sign up deadline for health coverage extended

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The Obama administration has announced a six-week extension of the coverage sign up period required by the Affordable Care Act. Americans will now have until March 31 to find health insurance and avoid financial penalties.  

As the Associated Press reported via CBS News, the delay was expected ever since “White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a ‘disconnect’ in the implementation of the law.”

The ACA’s federally-facilitated online health insurance exchange – – has been plagued with technical problems and remained a sore spot for people trying to use the enrollment portal to research and purchase private plans.  

Many Republican lawmakers, as well as some Democrats, have called for a one-year delay in the penalties most Americans will face if they remain uninsured.

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