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New Health Law Enrollment Grace Period for Federal Marketplace

Posted on March 28th, 2014

Applies to those who have started the enrollment process and experienced an error

Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that some consumers will have until mid-April if they were unable to enroll because of an error by the federal exchange or by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). People will be able to qualify for an extension by checking a box on HealthCare.gov to indicate that they tried to enroll for on-exchange plans before the deadline. 
 
This grace period will rely on the honor system and the government is not going to make people produce documentation of when their difficulties began.
 
"If consumers are in line on the 31st and can't finish, we won't shut the door on them"
 Joanne Peters, spokeswoman for HHS
 
Additional coverage on this topic:
 
 
The March 31st deadline is still in-force for those that do not qualify for this new extension unless they experience a qualifying event. In addition, this news only applies to on-exchange plans. We will add any updates to this blog as they become available to us.
 

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