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Important Deadline For Healthcare Sign Up Tomorrow

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UPDATE - 12:12pm: Feds give 1 day grace period for last-minute insurance shoppers.

Tara Mergener, for CBS news in Washington reports workers with Washington DC's Health Care Marketplace hit the shopping malls this weekend, trying to convince people to sign up for insurance.
Karima Williams of DC Health Link says, "At first it was slow and now it's definitely picking up and we're getting more people signed up."
Most of those without insurance who want coverage to start January 1st have until Midnight to sign up for it. But there is no fine for missing this deadline, the penalty for not signing up doesn't kick in until March.
And those who do plan to purchase coverage could have options.
Some of the 14 states running their own exchanges have extended sign-up windows past today.
And people who's basic plan was canceled because it didn't meet requirements under the President's new law may qualify for cheaper catastrophic insurance.
Many republicans say the different options and last minute changes are confusing.  And the requirement that individuals buy insurance should be delayed a full year.  Some democrats agree, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia says, "The whole 2014 will be a transitional year to find out where out glitches are and our little nuances that we have to work for and find out if the market can produce the products we need to keep this and us healthy."
The President insists the law will 'not' be delayed.
The White House says one-million people have signed up for a plan on the federal and state exchanges so far.
But there's a long way to go to reach  the goal of seven million enrollees by March.


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