HealthCare.gov is Sick- Open Enrollment Period Extended
By Laura Miller Andrew
As covered extensively in the media, HealthCare.gov, the online Marketplace for health care coverage under PPACA is not feeling well. After weeks of frustration, President Obama conceded that the website is not working as intended, making it very difficult for the average consumer to sign up for a health care policy. Therefore, it was announced today that the open enrollment period will be extended from October 1st to March 31st. Under PPACA, most individuals who are not covered by health insurance for three months or longer face a financial penalty. In order for the insurance to take effect, uninsured Americans were required to sign up by February 15th to avoid these penalties. Now, individuals have until March 31st to sign up for coverage in the Marketplace, effectively giving them an extra six weeks to sign up. Some commentators think that this extension is not long enough, that HealthCare.gov is seriously flawed and will take months to fix.
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