AirTalk for March 26, 2014

White House extends deadline - Why isn't Covered California doing the same?



This December 2, 2013 photo shows a woman reading the insurance marketplace internet site in Washington, DC.

The White House has extended the deadline to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline, March 31st, has been push to mid-April for users who have begun the process of signing up and checked a box asking for an extension.

For frustrated users who have encountered online glitches and long phone waits, the new deadline is a relief, but critics say that the extension is another sign that the problems with the ACA are persistent, and the latest move is a poor reflection on the new healthcare plans.

Covered California has often tweaked its own deadlines to match the national extensions, but has also kept some some of its own policies, including a state timeline about when to implement new health plans. Covered California will not be extending its deadline for sign-ups, despite the White House announcement -- the California deadline is March 31, Monday.

How will the national extension affect consumers? What does it say about the ACA? Should Covered California extend its deadline?

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Joanne Kenen, Health Care Editor for POLITICO


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