Extension granted for those starting process before end of month
Obama Administration announced on Wednesday that it would extend the March 31
deadline to enroll for health insurance for those who started the process before
the deadline and were prevented from enrolling by the website’s flaws.
Specifically, Americans in the 36 states served by the federal health insurance
marketplace and who applied for new healthcare insurance by the March 31
deadline but were prevented from enrolling due to technical issues, will get an
automatic extension to enroll in April. Users will reportedly be allowed to self-attest on the exchange site that they
have attempted to enroll before the original deadline and are thus eligible for
What It Means for Small Business:
proprietors who meet the criteria and still wish to sign up for insurance may be granted more time from the limited extension. On
the other hand, the announcement has prompted more negative media coverage
about all the uncertainty still hovering over Obamacare. Get all the facts about Obamacare at NFIB’s Healthcare Playbook.
Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal editorialized that after
the numerous delays and extensions, there is very little of the original law still intact. The Journal says that the delay is
significant because HHS has repeatedly denied that there was any chance of the
deadline being extended, to reverse itself at the last minute. Meanwhile, the
new rules based on an honors system, the Journal says, are an invitation for
enrollees to cheat the system.