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Government extends open enrollment for ACA health plans, only for 36 hours

If you’re still in need of health insurance for next year, it’s not too late. The government is extending open enrollment for certain Affordable Care Act plans but only for 36 hours. 

Those looking to apply should head to --  the federal marketplace for buying individual health insurance plans at lowered rates. Users can enter their information and see which plans they qualify for. 

The original deadline was Sunday, but some users experienced technical glitches with the site. The person who appears to have originally flagged that problem was Joshua Peck. He worked on outreach under President Barack Obama. On Twitter, he called on the site to extend the deadline. Many other high-profile democratic presidential candidates also amplified that request on social media including Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. 

The new deadline to enroll is now Wednesday December 18th 3 a.m. eastern time. For California residents, however, keep in mind that is midnight. 

You can find more information here. 

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Madison Weil

Madison Weil joined the KESQ News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 News Team in June 2018. Learn more about Madison here.


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