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Wed Oct 23, 2013, 05:58 PM Oct 2013

Obamacare mandate may be delayed [View all]

Source: MarketWatch

Oct. 23, 2013, 5:33 p.m. EDT

The Obama administration may give Americans extra time to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, postponing when penalties for failing to buy coverage will go into effect, MarketWatch has learned.

The health care law requires most people to have health insurance by Jan. 1, 2014, but allows for “short coverage gaps” of up to three months before imposing the penalty, which is $95 or 1% of an individual’s income (whichever is greater) next year. That means someone must be covered by March 31, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed, which is the final day that people will be able to purchase health insurance on the public exchanges, or marketplaces, created by the ACA.

But because the new health policies take effect on the first day of each month, in order to be covered by March 31, people would actually need to have insurance by March 1. And since it takes up to two weeks to process insurance applications, consumers would have to apply by Feb. 15, the Associated Press reported recently. (People must apply by Dec. 15 if they want coverage starting Jan. 1.)

The Administration, however, has recognized that there’s a “disconnect” between the actual and effective deadlines, as the deadline to get health insurance in time to comply with the ACA is currently six weeks earlier than the final deadline to buy it. Now, the Administration is working to revise its current policies making sure the two deadlines line up with each other, says the HHS official. Official word on a possible new deadline will come shortly, the official adds.

Read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/obamacare-mandate-may-be-delayed-2013-10-23?link=MW_home_latest_news

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Obamacare mandate may be delayed [View all] OhioChick Oct 2013 OP
Kind of a misleading headline groundloop Oct 2013 #1
Yeah. Kind of a baiting headline. mac56 Oct 2013 #2
Post removed Post removed Oct 2013 #3
The President didn't shut the government down. brer cat Oct 2013 #4
Not really. The House passed legislation that would have kept us open. The Senate and White House 24601 Oct 2013 #6
The House passed BULLSHIT bills - it was The House that was refusing to pass a CLEAN CR which... Tx4obama Oct 2013 #8
You know, NPR doesn't tout the GOP line. But the deadline is not a year to avoid the penalty, 24601 Oct 2013 #11
You need to visit runfastandwin Oct 2013 #9
Are you fucking serious right now? The President shut the government down? alcibiades_mystery Oct 2013 #5
Having been on the receiving end of being furloughed, I'm well aware that the orders to go home 24601 Oct 2013 #10
The reason Obama did not give in to the GOP was much bigger than the delay of the mandate... Tx4obama Oct 2013 #14
The GOP shutdown the government BEFORE anyone knew about glitches in the website. Tx4obama Oct 2013 #7
The GOP bill that delayed the mandate was before THEY knew how bad the testing went. The 24601 Oct 2013 #13
Democrats can't budge on this or they will be the ones who shut down the government. dkf Oct 2013 #15
The 'GOP' never once argued that they wanted a one year delay due to 'website glitches'... Tx4obama Oct 2013 #16
AND.... While the website isn't perfect people can still sign up by phone groundloop Oct 2013 #17
people answering the phone use the same website as everybody else .nt quadrature Oct 2013 #18
Good point davidpdx Oct 2013 #19
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