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Obamacare sign up deadline extended to Thursday

Maria Elena Santa Coloma, right, an insurance advisor with UniVista Insurance company, helps Shessy Gonzalez sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act December 15, 2015 in Miami. Tuesday inially was the sign up deadline for those who want to be insured by Jan. 1, but the government extended the deadline to Thursday because of high, last-minute volume. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

Maria Elena Santa Coloma, right, an insurance advisor with UniVista Insurance company, helps Shessy Gonzalez sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act December 15, 2015 in Miami. Tuesday inially was the sign up deadline for those who want to be insured by Jan. 1, but the government extended the deadline to Thursday because of high, last-minute volume. [Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says consumers will have two more days to sign up for HealthCare.gov coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.

Kevin Counihan, CEO of HealthCare.gov made the announcement Tuesday night, citing "unprecedented" consumer demand.

The new deadline is Thursday, Dec. 17, at 11:59 Pacific time. The original deadline for coverage effective at the start of the year had been midnight Tuesday, Pacific time.

HealthCare.gov is the online portal to subsidized private health insurance in 38 states. Some states running their own websites, including New York and Minnesota, have also announced extensions.

The final deadline to sign up for 2016 coverage and avoid rising fines for being uninsured is Jan. 31.

President Barack Obama's health care law offers subsidized private insurance to people who don't have job-based coverage.

Obamacare sign up deadline extended to Thursday 12/16/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 11:00am]
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