deadline extended through Dec. 17 - - Jackson, MS deadline extended through Dec. 17

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you missed last night's health insurance deadline, you're in luck. has extended the first coverage deadline by 48 hours to cover the high volumes of calls and web traffic they've received.

As long as you enroll in a health insurance plan through or the Marketplace Call Center by December 17, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, your coverage will start January 1, 2016. CEO Kevin Counihan released the following statement:

“Because of the unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting our call center or visiting, we are extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 pm PST December 17. Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line.  Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage.”

The extension is automatic. You do not need to do anything special or enter information to qualify for the extension. 

If you have questions about the deadline or health care plans, representatives are available 24 hours a day at 800-318-2596. To find in-person help in your community, visit reports that approximately 8 out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. Most people can find plans with premiums for less than $75 a month after tax credits.

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