Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms, Sebelius Ensures Website Reliance

Dec 20, 2013

We’re approaching an important deadline under the new federal health care law. In order to receive coverage by January 1st under the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, Americans must enroll by this Monday. The deadline was extended after the federal exchange website experienced some highly-publicized problems. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she understands the frustration that’s out there but encourages people to give the site another try.

“It’s a very, very different experience.  Coming through is far easier, it’s more consumer friendly—people basically, if they have their information ready and available, can choose a plan in 20 to 30 minutes from start to finish.”

Coverage can start January 1st as long as the person enrolls online and pays their first premium to their insurance provider by the end of the month. If they happen to miss that deadline then they would still be eligible to get coverage starting February 1st.