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Obamacare Deadline Extended Through Christmas Eve
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on December 23, 2013 @ 6:51PM
Created on December 23, 2013 @ 6:36PM

The deadline for signing up for Obamacare has officially been extended by another day.

The deadline was Monday at midnight for people who wanted coverage by the first of the year, but now you can sign up through Tuesday, December 24th.

Locally, application counselors told 5 News that enrollment numbers were down significantly, and the site had crashed several times during the application process.

Government officials were anticipating high demand in enrollment Monday. In order to help those of you who might have experienced problems signing up on the site you now have an extra 24-hours to get covered.

There's been a lot of confusion surrounding the deadlines for applying for Obamacare since the start.

Both federal and state governments, as well as insurers have kept changing the dates, mainly to help those of you that have been blocked from completing enrollment due to technical problems.

"It is a concern in terms of the lower numbers just because we want to get people enrolled, we want to get people covered, and we want to make sure that people a accessing their options properly," said Dylan Jones, Certified Application Counselor with the MVA Clinic in Fairmont.

Counselors expect enrollment to still remain low since Tuesday is Christmas Eve and a majority of places offering assistance to residents will be closed for the holidays.

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