(WASHINGTON) — The Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline for people trying to enroll in Affordable Care Act coverage through the federal website until Sunday, Feb. 22.
The original deadline was Sunday, Feb. 15, but consumers cited technical delays and long wait periods on the phone.
The federal extension is in addition to the states who announced extensions via their own exchanges over the weekend.
“For those consumers who were unable to complete their enrollment because of longer than normal wait times at the call center in the last three days or because of a technical issue such as being unable to submit an application because their income could not be verified, we will provide them with a time-limited special enrollment period for March 1 coverage,” a spokesperson for HHS said in a statement.
The spokesperson said only people who started trying to enroll before the original deadline can take advantage of this extension. It’s not clear, however, how HHS will verify whether users started signing up before or after Feb. 15.
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