Second state delays insurance deadlines

Minnesota became the second state to push back its deadline to sign up for healthcare coverage on Monday, citing “historic interest” in its program.

Officials from MNsure announced Monday afternoon that it will extend its Monday deadline to Dec. 20 after several requests from insurance companies — “not because of technical issues.”

“The demand for health insurance coverage is higher than ever before,” the state’s marketplace CEO, Scott Leitz, wrote in a statement.


“We don’t want to leave anyone behind, especially if they qualify for financial help. We’re hopeful this extra week of enrollment will result in more people getting the health coverage and financial help they need,” he wrote.

The state reported 1,600 calls per hour on Monday alone, with an average wait time of 20 minutes.

New York became the first state to push back its deadline on Friday. Customers now have until Dec. 20 to apply before the Jan. 1 deadline, which officials said would help people who “may have been hindered by recent snowstorms.”

"The extreme weather that parts of the state experienced in November has effectively cut short the enrollment period for many consumers who are making decisions about 2015 coverage options or enrolling in coverage for the first time," Donna Frescatore, who heads the state's program, wrote in a statement Friday.

Enrollment for ObamaCare's second year has been vastly different than the fall of 2013, when technological issues prevented millions of people from signing up for the healthcare and prompted widespread delays.  

Press secretary Josh Earnest said Friday that the White House had no intention of extending Monday’s deadline.