Obamacare Website Will Be Down On ‘national Youth Enrollment Day’

With the websites enrollment system down, the administration is extending the Feb. 15 enrollment deadline for coverage by March 1, the official said, to Feb. 18. For those who are unable to finish signing up on Saturday but still want coverage starting March 1, [the Center for Medicaid Services] is allowing people to save their applications and finish enrolling on Feb. 18 and still have their coverage start on March 1, the official said. Usually you have to finish by the 15th of a month to have your coverage start at the beginning of the next month. Smith and other advocates participating in National Youth Enrollment Day said they found out about the scheduled HealthCare.gov outage caused by maintenance to Social Security data verification services over the long Presidents Day weekend when everyone else did, in a Monday release from the Department of Health and Human Services. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/02/12/obamacare-website-will-be-down-%E2%80%98national-youth-enrollment-day%E2%80%99

Obamacare finally clears the tower

Thats why you talk about how you launched the beautiful new ocean liner, and then it hit the rocks, and then suddenly youre talking about how great it is that you got everyone off the ship before it went down, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin of the American Action Forum. You have a different set of expectations when its a rescue operation. They wont hit 7 million but 6 million is doable No, the Obama administration is not on track to hit its original enrollment goal: 7 million people in the health insurance exchanges in the first year, based on the Congressional Budget Office projections of how many theyd get. But based on the new numbers, 6 million isnt out of the question, independent analysts say. Thats what CBO estimated in its newest projections, released last week, after it factored in all the website problems during the troubled launch. Enrollment appears on-track to reach roughly 6 million by the end of March, said Caroline Pearson, vice president at the Avalere Health consulting firm. ( Also on POLITICO: ACA enrollment: Mayors hold the key ) Levitt said the Obama administration could very easily reach or exceed 6 million but it depends how much outreach its able to do in the last two months of enrollment, he said, as well as how much insurers are willing to spend on advertising to attract as many customers as they can get. Two important points the new numbers dont tell us, though: How many of these customers were uninsured before, and how many are just replacing health insurance policies that were canceled because of, well, Obamacare. <br>For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/obamacare-finally-clears-the-tower-103468.html

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