New Health Care Extensions

The Administration continues to look for ways to help people transition to the new health insurance plans available in the marketplace given the operational problems of the enrollment website (www.healthcare.gov).  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is extending the federally run pre-existing condition insurance plans which were established as a temporary measure for people who could not get insurance.  The plans are being extended until January 31, 2014 for people who do not have other coverage.   The Administration also extended to December 31, 2013 the deadline for paying premiums for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.  HHS is also urging insurance companies to consider additional flexibility such as allowing retroactive coverage in cases where insurance is purchased early in the month.