In an effort to enable more Americans to be covered by a qualified health plan from an exchange on January 1, 2014, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius delayed the deadline for enrollment from December 15th to December 23, 2013. In addition, the deadline for payment of the initial premium was extended from December 23rd to Dec. 31, 2013.
“While we do not expect to do so, we will consider moving this deadline to a later date should exceptional circumstances pose barriers to consumers enrolling on or before December, 23, 2013,” officials said. The first exchange open enrollment period is set to end March 31, 2014. Officials also confirmed that for coverage starting on the first of February or later months, the application deadline will continue to be the 15th of the previous month.
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