UPDATED: Fed Health Insurance Exchange Looms – You Must Sign Up Today

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WASHINGTON — The deadline to sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is technically tonight. Coverage can begin as soon as January 1, 2014.

However, the Washington Post is reporting the Obama administration has secretly extended the deadline by a day.

However, readers should disregard this report. The deadline remains today at 11:59 pm in your time zone.

Julie Batailledirector of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of Communications issued the following statement late Monday afternoon:

“The deadline for signing up for coverage to start January 1 is today. We recognize that many have chosen to make their final decisions on today’s deadline and we are committed to making sure they can do so. Anticipating high demand, which we indeed saw starting early this morning, and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who tried to enroll today but had delays due to high traffic have a fail-safe. You should not wait until tomorrow. If you are aiming to get coverage January 1, you should try to sign up today.”

American Indians and Alaska Natives have three options according to Indian Health Service’s website:

The ACA provides American Indians and Alaska Natives with more choices; depending on your eligibility and the coverage available in your state, you can:

  • Continue to use IHS, tribal, and/or urban Indian health programs,
  • Enroll in a qualified health plan (QHP) through the Marketplace, and/or
  • Access coverage through Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

If you choose to enroll in a QHP through the Health Insurance Marketplace plan, you may qualify for special benefits and protections offered to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

To sign up for ACA coverage, go to: https://www.healthcare.gov/

Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013, 4:01 pm – EST

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