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ACA Open Enrollment Extended Until Wednesday

More than half a million consumers flooded healthcare.gov on Sunday

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En español | After more than half a million Americans tried to sign up for insurance on healthcare.gov Sunday, the last official day for Affordable Health Care (ACA) open enrollment, federal officials announced that they are extending the deadline to Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 3 a.m. Eastern Time.

Officials at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said they are extending the time out of “an abundance of caution, to accommodate consumers who attempted to enroll in coverage during the final hours of open enrollment but who may have experienced issues.”

The extension will give consumers who tried to enroll over the weekend an opportunity to return to the website and sign up. Those who called the ACA hotline and were told to leave their contact information at the call center do not have to go back to the website, CMS officials said. They will be contacted sometime this week by a call center representative.

The extension applies to most people signing up or changing their coverage for 2020. But, six states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) have given people longer to apply. The extended deadlines are: Minnesota, Dec. 23; Rhode Island, Dec. 31; Colorado, Jan. 15; Massachusetts, Jan. 23; and California, D.C. and New York, Jan. 31.

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