HealthCare.gov extends Jan. 1 coverage deadline 2 days

Managers of HealthCare.gov have responded to complaints about website glitches and outages, and overloaded call centers, by pushing the application deadline for coverage that starts Jan. 1 to 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time Friday.

The current Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) open enrollment period started Nov. 15 and is set to end Jan. 31. The original deadline for Jan. 1 start coverage was supposed to be at midnight Pacific Time today.

 CMS officials announced the move around 8 p.m. Originally, they described the new deadline as being at 12 a.m. Pacific Time Friday.

CMS officials said that, in addition to the people who have completed the coverage application process, 1 million have officially gotten in line for coverage in the past two days by leaving email addresses with HealthCare.gov and asking for the exchange to contact them.

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