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Affordable Care Act Registration Deadline for Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKRC) -- The government extends the deadline to sign up for insurance under the nation's new health law.

If you want your insurance to begin January 1st, you have until Tuesday to register.  However, you can sign up through March 31st to avoid paying a fine next year.

There is a loophole.  Last week the White House changed the Affordable Care Act again.  The administration says people who had previous policies cancelled can get a hardship exemption from getting coverage or paying the fine.

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) said, "This whole 2014 will be a transitional year. To find out where our glitches are and our little nuances that we have to work for."

After a plague of problems, government officials say healthcare.gov can now handle up to 800,000 people a day.  President Obama says a million people have enrolled for new insurance plans through the website.  That's far short of the administrations goal to make the law workable.

President Obama is now signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges created by health care reform.  The White House says the President signed up over the weekend through the Washington, D.C. marketplace.

He selected a plan at the less-expensive bronze level.  It's not clear if he encountered any problems that millions of Americans have faced because of glitches in the website.


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