Deadline extended for Affordable Health Care sign-up

The deadline to sign up for a health care plan under the Affordable Health Care Act has been extended by a day for those who want coverage by Jan. 1.

The new deadline is now Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Premiums for people who sign up will be due by Jan. 10.

The deadline to sign up for so-called Obamacare before tax penalties kick in is March 31.

Some senators, including Mark Kirk (R-Illinois), are calling for the deadlines to be pushed back to 2015.

Deadlines vary for people applying for health through state-run insurance exchanges.

“Get Covered Illinois” announced Monday that its help desk will be available from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. for the next four days.

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