Final deadline arrives for health exchange sign-up

Apr 15, 2014 1:29 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - It's not just tax day. Tuesday also is the two-week extension deadline to sign up for health coverage through California's insurance exchange.

The California United Homecare Workers Union is holding a workshop today until 7:00 p.m. at 2555 Zanella Way in Chico to help anyone apply for Covered California.

Consumers who were unable to create an account or fill out an application because of technical problems on the Covered California website have until midnight Tuesday to secure a health insurance policy and avoid a tax penalty.

The agency offered the extension after its systems were overwhelmed by the number of people trying to sign up before the March 31 enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

Exchange officials are encouraging people to contact service representatives, enrollment counselors and certified insurance agents to help them complete the process.

More than 1.2 million people had enrolled before the deadline. Covered California plans to release updated figures Thursday.

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