Obamacare Deadline Extended to March 31

Giving Americans six extra weeks to avoid penalties

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The Obama Administration said Monday it will extend the deadline for applying for Obamacare coverage to March 31, 2014, six weeks after the original cut off date. The extension allows for the avoidance of tax penalties associated with not signing up for health coverage before the deadline.The original deadline was in mid-February, so that coverage would be in place by March.

The announcement comes as no surprise given the fact that glitches and technical issues have plagued the Affordable Care Act roll out since Healthcare.gov launched on Oct. 1, the Associated Press reports. White House spokesman Jay Carney has said previously the administration was working to fix the issues.