Obamacare deadline for coverage on January 1 arrives; heavy traffic expected on Healthcare.gov website

December 23, 2013

Unusually heavy traffic is expected today on the federal Healthcare.gov website and on the websites run by individual states.

Many health insurers have decided to give people more time to pay the first month's premium. The deadline was December 31, but in many cases, the deadline has been extended to January 10.

The Obama administration set a goal of 7 million people signed up for insurance by March 2014. Friday, President Obama announced they have only hit the 1 million mark.

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