Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

December 26, 2013
Despite 24-hour enrollment extension, first major Obamacare deadline passes

More than two million Americans attempted to apply for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act on Monday’s enrollment deadline, prompting the federal government to extend the deadline by 24 hours.

Monday marked the final deadline for marketplace coverage plans beginning Jan. 1, 2014. Under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans must enroll in an insurance plan as of March 31 to avoid being penalized on their taxes.

However, those who began the enrollment process after Monday’s deadline will have to wait for their new coverage to take effect.

Nearly two million Americans logged into the online health insurance marketplace the day of the deadline, and another 250,000 attempted to begin their applications over the phone, according to the HealthCare.gov website.

Because so many patrons were left in que when the deadline passed, HealthCare.gov announced that it would allow citizens to continue their applications on Tuesday.

The extension only applied to the federal government’s exchange at HealthCare.gov website. The state’s website, Avenue H, which serves small businesses and self-employed Utahns, did not post any deadline modifications.

For those who completed the enrollment process on or before Tuesday, coverage under their new plan will begin the first of the year.

Emma Penrod

Staff Writer at Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Emma Penrod is a staff writer for the Tooele Transcript-Bulletin and covers Tooele City government, religion, health, the environment, ethnic issues and public infrastructure. A Tooele native, Penrod graduated from Tooele High School in 2010. She holds an associates degree from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Brigham Young University. She worked for the newspaper as a high school intern starting in 2008. In 2010 she began working full-time in the newsroom until she left for college later that year. While at BYU, Penrod worked as a writer and editor for a small health magazine in Utah County. She interned with The Riverdale Press, a community newspaper in the Bronx, NY and with the Deseret News. She is also the author of two non-fiction books.

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