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Deadline for Enrolling in Obamacare Nears, Some Exceptions

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Friday is the last day for millions of consumers interested in coverage to enroll under the Affordable Care Act in the 39 states served by the federal program. Though consumer interest has remained steady, the Trump administration cut the signup season in half, from 90 days to 45.  

There are exceptions to that deadline. People living in hurricane –affected areas, can get extensions to sign up by December 31 by contacting the HealthCare.gov call center. That could make a difference for residents in Georgia, Florida, and Texas. The deadline for others is midnight Pacific time, so consumers on the east Coast will have until 3 o' clock Saturday morning to enroll.

Thursday and Friday are expected to be the heaviest days for those trying to enroll before time runs out.

For more information, call 800-318-2596 or visit HealthCare.gov.

While Dec. 15 is the deadline for states served by HealthCare.gov, that's not the case everywhere. Most states that run their own health insurance websites are providing an extended period for consumers to enroll. In California and New York, for instance, the deadline remains the same as last year — Jan. 31. Other states have deadlines spanning from late December to mid-January.

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