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Deadline Extended 2 Days Due To “Unprecedented” Demand

Federal officials announced a two-day extension late last night due to an “unprecedented” number of people attempting to enroll by the December 15 deadline. Americans in states using the federal marketplace now have until December 17 at 11:59 PST to enroll in order to have coverage starting January 1, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Below are the official extensions provided, by state, via (as of 12/15 at 8:06pm). This page will be updated as any updates are provided:

  • Connecticut, DC, Idaho, Kentucky, Vermont: December 15th, no extension announced.
  • California: December 17
  • Maryland: December 18
  • New York: December 19
  • Massachusetts: December 23
  • Rhode Island: December 23
  • Washington State: December 23
  • Minnesota: December 28
  • Colorado: December 31st for some current enrollees + all “waiting in line by 12/15” enrollees
  • Tennessee: December 31st for current enrollees of Community Health Alliance Co-Op
  • All other states: December 17


Some health insurers, such as Anthem, are providing additional extensions with certain restrictions. See here for more info.

The 2016 open enrollment period is scheduled to run until the end of January. All Americans will need to have health insurance before this deadline in order to avoid the tax penalty of $695 per adult or 2.5% of income (whichever is higher). Consumers can enroll here.

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