New England News
11:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Massachusetts Health Connector Deadline Extended

The Massachusetts Health Connector has extended the sign-up deadline for people in danger of losing their health insurance on January 1st

Massachusetts Health Connector Ex. Director Jean Yang talked about the new insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA
Massachusetts Health Connector Ex. Director Jean Yang talked about the new insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act during a visit to Caring Health Center in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

The state is giving people until December 31st to choose new health plans—an 8-day extension—and people will have until January 10 to pay for the first month’s coverage. 250,000 people who had insurance through the Connector have to enroll in new plans that comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Also more people will now be eligible for subsidized insurance, according to Connector executive director Jean Yang

"The Affordable Care Act fills a number of holes."

But the state’s on-line insurance marketplace has been troubled by slowdowns and other glitches since October 1st.  The state has increased staffing at call centers to try to help people sign up for insurance.