Emily Litella Barry Obama moment [Darleen Click]
WASHINGTON — With less than a week left for people to sign up for health insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that it would allow more time for those who had tried to apply but were blocked by technical problems with the federal exchange.
Several states running their own exchanges, including Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada, have taken similar steps in the last two weeks.
Open enrollment was scheduled to end on Monday for all Americans. The White House had previously insisted that the deadline was firm and would not be extended.
Under the move planned by the administration, some people will be given a special enrollment period, beyond the deadline, if they can show they were not able to enroll because of an error by the federal exchange or by the Department of Health and Human Services. Federal officials allowed a special enrollment period, on a case-by-case basis, for some people who were unable to meet the Dec. 24, 2013, enrollment deadline for coverage starting Jan. 1 of this year.
Now, exactly how is the Obama Administration to administer this “case-by-case” basis?
Those who miss the March 31 deadline to get coverage “will have until about mid-April” to ask for more time, the report said. The extensions will be granted on an honor system, with the government not checking whether the person in question had begun the application process as required to receive the extra time, the report said.
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