Covered California sign-up deadline extended 2 weeks 

click to enlarge Jian Feng Liu, 57, of Fremont, Calif., finishes filling out his application form during a health care enrollment event at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Whether it's a chance for a subsidy or to avoid a tax penalty, Californians are making a last-minute dash to sign up for health coverage. Midnight marks the enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama's health reform law. Covered California, the state's insurance exchange, is reporting a final surge after it already had enrolled more than 1 million people for individual policies. - AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERG
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  • Jian Feng Liu, 57, of Fremont, Calif., finishes filling out his application form during a health care enrollment event at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center Monday, March 31, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. Whether it's a chance for a subsidy or to avoid a tax penalty, Californians are making a last-minute dash to sign up for health coverage. Midnight marks the enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama's health reform law. Covered California, the state's insurance exchange, is reporting a final surge after it already had enrolled more than 1 million people for individual policies.

The initial enrollment period for getting subsidized health coverage may have passed, but California's health insurance exchange is offering a two-week extension to accommodate the crush of last-minute applicants.

Covered California spokesman Dana Howard said Tuesday that consumers who were unable to create an account or start their application because of technical problems have until midnight on April 15 to finish their applications. They are being urged to contact service representatives, enrollment counselors or certified insurance agents for help.

The agency extended the deadline after its systems were overwhelmed by the number of people trying to sign up before Monday's deadline.

It says that more than 1.2 million people had enrolled before the deadline and plans to provide an updated figure Thursday.

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