White House Grants Health Care Law Signup Extension

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2013) The Obama administration said Monday it's granting a six-week extension until March 31, 2014, for Americans to sign up for coverage and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law.

Monday's move was expected because White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last week to resolve a "disconnect" in the implementation of the law.

Technical problems continue to trouble the website that's supposed to be the main enrollment vehicle for people who don't get health care at work.

Under the new policy, people who sign up by the end of open enrollment season won't face a penalty.

Previously they had to sign up by the middle of February, so coverage would take effect March 1.

The extension is for 2014 only.

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