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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

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Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.
 
Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.
 
Monday was the deadline for Americans who wanted coverage that started on Jan. 1.
 
The federal HealthCare.gov system serves 36 states (excluding Nevada). Some other states have also extended enrollment deadlines slightly. 

Meanwhile, In a symbolic step, President Barack Obama has signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges created by his health care overhaul.
 
The White House says Obama signed up through the Washington, D.C., marketplace over the weekend. Because he signed up in private, without reporters present, it was unclear whether Obama encountered any of the website glitches that millions of other Americans have experienced.
 
The White House says Obama selected a plan at the less-expensive "bronze" level. 
 
Obama will continue receiving health care through the military. But when he signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, the White House pledged Obama would personally participate. The White House says he enrolled to show support for the marketplaces.  (AP)

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