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Deadline Extended to Sign Up for Obamacare

The Obama administration has set a goal of signing up 13.8 million people for 2017

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    This Sept. 15, 2014, file photo shows part of the HealthCare,gov Website in Washington.

    The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1.

    The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Monday, Dec. 19, says Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance markets.

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    The unexpected extension was announced after close of business Thursday. Counihan said it's due to strong interest.

    The old deadline was Thursday, Dec. 15.

    The Obama administration has set a goal of signing up 13.8 million people for 2017, a modest increase. So far enrollment is running about on par with last year, but the share of new customers is down.

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