Obamacare

ObamaCare December Sign-up Deadline Extended

An extra week

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Federal health officials announced a delay Friday for people seeking ObamaCare coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2014.

Rather than signing up for health insurance by Dec. 15, as previously required, these users will have until Dec. 23 to choose their plans.

The policies will still begin on Jan. 1, said the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Officials at HHS acknowledged that the delay comes in response to ongoing problems with HealthCare.gov, which experienced two unscheduled outages this week alone.