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Pa. Enrollments Said to Surge Ahead of Deadline

By Marc Levy / Associated Press
|  Monday, Dec 23, 2013  |  Updated 2:15 PM EDT
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Pa. Enrollments Said to Surge Ahead of Deadline

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2013, file screenshot, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' main landing web page for HealthCare.gov. Members of Congress are governing themselves under President Barack Obama�s signature law, which means they have great leeway in how to apply it to their own staffs. For lawmakers, it is about a section of the law that may _ or may not _ require them to toss some staffers off of their federal health insurance and into the Affordable Care Act�s exchanges. (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, File)

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Pennsylvania health care advocates say insurance enrollments under the federal health care law are surging ahead of the deadline to sign up.

Tuesday night is the deadline to enroll in a plan that takes effect Jan. 1. That's after the federal government extended it another day to accommodate heavy demand on the Healthcare.gov website.

The next deadline is Jan. 15 for a plan that takes effect Feb. 1.

Antoinette Kraus of the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania Health Access Network says over half of all the enrollments her organization assisted happened this past week. The signup period began Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, Laura Line of Philadelphia-based Resources for Human Development says her group enrolled people all weekend and was very busy again Monday.

Federal officials say nearly 11,800 Pennsylvanians signed up through Nov. 30.

For complete coverage of the Affordable Care Act implementation as well as tools, calculators, state-by-state information and a detailed FAQ, visit our ACA section.

 

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