Affordable Care Act Signup Deadline Extended To Christmas Eve

Source: Chicago Tribune

As Americans scrambled to beat a deadline to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s new healthcare law, the White House gave consumers shopping on the program’s website an extra day, until Dec. 24, to pick plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1.

The last-minute move by the Obama administration to accommodate high demand came on a day when officials reported record traffic on, the enrollment website that struggled with glitches after its launch in October.

It was the latest in a series of deadline extensions or other changes the administration has imposed on the healthcare program as it has wrestled with the fallout from various technical and political missteps.

Officials said the website received 1.2 million visits over the weekend and another 850,000 by 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) on Monday. They said a call center took 200,000 calls from those seeking insurance under the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. Going into the weekend, Obama had said that about 1 million people had enrolled for new insurance plans under the law through – which serves 36 states – and 14 state-run marketplaces.

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