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UPDATE: Wisconsin prepares for health insurance deadline

UPDATED Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 9:36 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Health insurance enrollment counselors across Wisconsin are prepared for a lot of activity as a key deadline under the federal health care overhaul law nears.

Monday at 11 p.m. is the open enrollment deadline in Wisconsin for most people to purchase insurance coverage under the federal law championed by President Barack Obama.

Job centers and other locations with people on hand to help with the enrollment process were open across Wisconsin on Monday to deal with the expected rush.

Meeting the deadline means avoiding financial penalties on 2014 federal taxes. After Monday's deadline, only people with limited special circumstances will be able to get coverage that meets the federal law's requirements.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 8:14 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration's health care website is stumbling under heavy traffic on deadline day for sign-ups.

Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room -- a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use.

March 31 is the last official day to sign up for subsidized private insurance under President Barack Obama's health care. People who start an application but cannot finish because of technical problems will get extra time.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, March 31, 2014 --- 7:49 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Health insurance enrollment counselors across Wisconsin are prepared for a lot of activity as a key deadline under the federal health care overhaul law nears.

Monday at midnight is the open enrollment deadline for most people to purchase insurance coverage under the federal law championed by President Barack Obama.

Job centers and other locations with people on hand to help with the enrollment process were open across Wisconsin on Monday to deal with the expected rush.

Meeting the deadline means avoiding financial penalties on 2014 federal taxes. After Monday's deadline, only people with limited special circumstances will be able to get coverage that meets the federal law's requirements.

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Posted Tuesday, March 25, 2014 --- 9:39 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is granting more time for people to apply for health care if they started the process but were unable to complete it before the March 31 deadline.

Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said Tuesday night the administration will be ready to help people --quote-- "in line" by the deadline finish their applications, either online or over the phone.

The White House had hinted last week such a grace period was in the works.

The administration is racing to sign up at least 6 million people in the new health insurance markets offering subsidized private coverage.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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