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Hagan Calls To Extend ACA Enrollment Deadline, Waive Penalty

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kay Hagan today called on the Administration to extend the enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act by two months:

"The problems surrounding the federal exchange for the Affordable Care Act are absolutely unacceptable," said Hagan. "North Carolinians are frustrated that they haven't been able to enroll in health insurance plans, and I am just as frustrated. Today I am asking the Administration to extend the open enrollment period by two months, and waive the penalty for the individual mandate for the same period of time, to make up for time that is being lost while the website for the federal exchange is not functioning.

"Everyone should be committed to making this work and making health care more affordable, and if that requires fixes, then we need to make those commonsense changes. An extension would provide time to assess the extent of the problems and determine whether additional delays in the individual mandate are necessary. But frankly, the Administration had plenty of time to get these websites user-ready, and I would like to keep the pressure on to get these problems fixed sooner rather than later so that North Carolina families can get online and shop for the plan that suits them best.

"In the coming days and weeks, the Administration must be fully transparent in their efforts to get the website working. Anything less than complete disclosure and accountability is not acceptable for me or the North Carolinians I talk to everyday. The Administration must improve their communications with the American people about this very important issue."

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