HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

HHS grants extra time to enroll for health care

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MIAMI, FL - MARCH 20: (L-R) Yudelmy Cataneda, Javier Suarez and Claudia Suarez sit with, Yosmay Valdivian, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as they and others try to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The owner of Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, Odalys Arevalo, said she has seen a surge in people, some waiting up to 3 hours or more in line, trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 25, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 25 at 11:51 PM

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline.

Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday night the administration will be ready to help people -quote- "in line" by the deadline finish their applications, either online or over the phone.

The White House had hinted last week such a grace period was in the works.

The administration is racing to sign up at least 6 million people in the new health insurance markets offering subsidized private coverage.

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