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Dec 15, 2015

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    Obamacare's first insurance deadline extended

    Obamacare's holiday season deadline extended 2 days
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    Santa just gave millions of people a few extra days to enroll in Obamacare in time for New Year's.

    Faced with "unprecedented demand" for Obamacare insurance plans, officials Tuesday night extended by 48 hours the deadline for sign up for coverage on HealthCare.gov effective Jan. 1

    The holiday-season deadline for that federal marketplace, which serves 38 states, had been originally scheduled for early Wednesday morning.

    The extensions similar moves by several other states, including New York and Minnesota, to give residents more time to sign up on state-run insurance marketplaces for coverage that kicks in New Year's Day. Insurance plans' coverage typically take two weeks to begin after individuals sign up for them.

    The broader deadline to have health insurance for 2016 to avoid paying an Obamacare fine remains Jan. 31.

    But recent days on HealthCare.gov and the call center, which officials said was the busiest ever seen on the site, convinced the Obama administrations to grant what is just the latest in a series of sign-up extensions seen in Obamacare's three seasons of enrollments to date.

    "Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting HealthCare.gov, we are extending the deadline to sign up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 p.m. PST December 17," said Kevin Counihan, CEO of the marketplace.

    "Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line," Counihan said.

    He added, "Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give customers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage."
     
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    The "unprecedented" numbers are because everyone was so flabbergasted with the much higher premiums that they just stuck their heads in the sand until the last minute. It's not because millions and millions of uninsured people are now enrolling.

    I can't tell you how many calls and emails I received today from people who are currently insured and just waited until the last minute because they are just overwhelmed with the much higher premiums.
     
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    And we will be there for all of you!

    Thank you so much to all for the support and suggestions!
     
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    Where is Sherpa on this???????????????

    The site still says no 1-1 effective dates.
     
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    Sherpa what happens with our current PENDING applications sitting there effective for 1/1/2016 start dates...GET THESE THROUGH NOW PLEASE.
     
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    I don't give a rat's ass. I'm done.
     
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    will it be 2 more days of the same overload? MD Exchange has 3 day extension...
     
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    FYI.. We had most staff go home around 9:00 PM CST or so last night, then around 5 or so came back at approx 2:30 AM CST to check and see if CMS had changed any process for the extended enrollment.

    Confirmed that enrollments submitted via ACAExpress are being assigned 01/01/2016 effective dates!

    For an application to receive a 01/01/2016 effective date it must be submitted and Completed no later than 12/17/2015 at 11:59 PM PST per CMS.


    Also, we have an article in our FAQ, after you are logged in click FAQ at lower left, which outlines things to do/avoid in order to see apps push through as quickly as possible.
     
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