The Obama administration is giving some customers an extra week to buy health insurance if they have faced long wait times or other issues when trying to submit applications over the final sign-up weekend.
Customers who experienced difficulties with ObamaCare sign-ups will have until Sunday to buy coverage, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in a statement one day after the official enrollment period ended.
Officials do not know how many people will receive the extended deadline, an administration spokesman said Monday.
The administration also extended the deadline for the federal marketplace last year, which marked a much rockier sign-up period due to its dysfunctional website. This year’s enrollment period, which began Nov. 15, experienced far fewer technical issues.
Nearly all state marketplaces have also extended the deadlines this year.
This year’s enrollment tally is around 10 million so far — not including all the state sign-ups — and already vastly exceeds last year’s totals, which finished at 7.1 million.
Enrollment in ObamaCare’s second year was universally expected to be better than its first, when a mess of technical glitches prevented millions from logging on to HealthCare.gov.
Still, the administration faced intense pressure this year as it managed the re-enrollment process for the first time as well as the first round of penalties for people who didn’t buy insurance.