24-hour stay of execution issued on health care deadline

By Nancy Cook | ncook@ktalnews.tv

Published 12/23 2013 12:35PM

Updated 12/23 2013 04:02PM

It’s the last day to sign up for health insurance on the federal exchange if you want coverage that starts Jan. 1, but government techies have built in a little wiggle room.

People have until midnight tonight to get started. But just to be safe, the administration has sneaked in an extra 24-hour buffer, the Washington Post first reported, giving people until midnight Tuesday night to get enrolled if they start the process by midnight Monday. 

"Anticipating high demand and the fact that consumers may be enrolling from multiple time zones, we have taken steps to make sure that those who select a plan through tomorrow will get coverage for Jan 1," Julie Bataille, a spokesperson for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the site, told NBC news.

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