HealthCare.gov signups get another extension

BY newsdesk  December 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM EST


Users who ran into problems with HealthCare.gov can get a further extension to sign up for January coverage. Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images

Users seeking more time to sign up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov will get more time to do so, the Obama administration said Tuesday, if they can prove they ran into problems on the site.

The administration said that further extensions will be given to people who can show that they missed Tuesday’s application deadline because of problems with the website. “Sometimes despite your best efforts, you might have run into delays caused by heavy traffic to HealthCare.gov, maintenance periods, or other issues with our systems that prevented you from finishing the process on time,” an entry on the federal health care site said. “Tell our customer service representative that you’ve been trying to enroll and explain why you couldn’t finish by the deadline. They can tell you what you can do to finish your enrollment and still get covered for 2014.”

The latest extension comes after a late, last-minute surge for people seeking to sign up for coverage. The original deadline for coverage starting January 1 was December 15, which was then pushed back to December 23. The administration gave a 24-hour extension Monday to allow further sign-ups.