Posted: Dec 23, 2013 5:33 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Dec 23, 2013 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Those enrolling to receive coverage in the federal healthcare exchange will get an extra day to sign up.
Monday the Obama Administration extended the deadline to midnight Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency overseeing the health overhaul.
Bataille said the grace period is being offered to accommodate people in different time zones and to deal with problems from the potential last-minute rush of applicants.
Thirty-six states including Louisiana rely on the federal website for enrollment. The remaining 14 states and the District of Columbia have their own exchange websites which means their deadline is still tonight at midnight.
WBRZ News 2 caught up with some people signing up today who say they're relieved they can now afford insurance.
"It's affordable. I never had the option to get the healthcare before because I figured I couldn't afford it, so with Obamacare I'm able to afford it," said Carla Richardson.
Close to 900,000 people in Louisiana are uninsured.