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Unexpected Healthcare.gov deadline extension

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MECKLENBURG COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

In anticipation of a last minute rush, the government is extending the deadline for people to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

You now have until the end of Tuesday to sign up. But that is not the only surprise surrounding the Affordable Care Act. The President himself signed up for Obamacare.

President Obama's staff said they signed him up this weekend for a bronze plan through the DC exchange.  That's mostly symbolic because his health insurance comes through the military.
 
But Tuesday's deadline is for people who don't have health insurance now and they want it to start January 1st.

A spokesperson with the healthcare.gov web site said they extended the December 23rd deadline by 24 hours to handle the demand online.

At the Blue Store run by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina at North Lake Commons, they said there was a steady flow of people coming in Monday. Health insurance brokers said they have seen major improvements in the healthcare.gov site since November 30th.  And they have enrolled a lot of people the last several weeks. 

"A lot of people are coming in are getting coverage for the first time," said Geoff Ricks of Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, "They haven't had insurance in quite some time so it feels good for them to be able to know that if they get, come down with an illness next year then it'll be covered." 

Whether you use an insurance broker or go it alone, if you start your application you can choose a policy by midnight Tuesday night for the policy to start on January 1st. 

If you don't meet the midnight deadline you can still enroll in a plan.  Open enrollment goes through March 31st.  Those plans won't start January 1st.  They kick in May 2014.

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