Thursday, December 12. 2013
As part of the ongoing changes to the ways in which consumers will have to be covered by health insurance at the start of the new year, the Obama administration has once again pushed back the date by which people will have to be enrolled.
Originally, the deadline was slated for Dec. 15, but that was moved eight days to Dec. 23, to allow more time for consumers to get signed up, according to a report from NBC News. Now, it has been moved back another eight days, to the final day of the year, to allow consumers the maximum amount of time possible to get signed up and make their first premium payment.
"Insurers will now be required to accept payment until at least Dec. 31 for coverage that begins on Jan. 1," Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters on a conference call, according to the news agency.
This means that consumers will have a little longer to sign up for coverage, whether it's through the federal public exchanges or private sources that might work better for them. Taking the time to review all their options might, therefore, be a little easier.
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