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Obama Administration Pushes Back Health Care Deadline, Washington State Won't Follow

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Anyone who starts the application process of enrolling in the government's health insurance plan by the end of March, but doesn't complete it will get extra time to do so. But not if you live in Washington state. Anyone who starts the application process of enrolling in the government's health insurance plan by the end of March, but doesn't complete it will get extra time to do so. But not if you live in Washington state.

NBCRightNow.com - Anyone who starts the application process of enrolling in the government's health insurance plan by the end of March, but doesn't complete it will get extra time to do so.

The Obama Administration made that announcement Wednesday.

However, if you leave in Washington state - you don't have that option.

Health and Human Services officials say healthcare.gov is experiencing a surge in demand as the March 31st deadline nears and they want to make sure consumers have time to complete their enrollments online or over the phone.

The administration wants to avoid any website problems like the ones that happened last fall. The white house did not say how long the extension will last.

If you live in Washington state, it's a different story. The CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange issued this statement Wednesday:

"Yesterday, the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services issued a statement regarding a March 31 deadline extension for residents facing technical issues with Healthcare.gov. Similar to the federal government, we are not extending the March 31 deadline for Washington State residents seeking coverage through our state-based insurance marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder.

Customers must complete the entire application process and submit payment by 11:59 pm on March 31 to qualify for coverage beginning May 1. Otherwise, customers may enroll during the next open enrollment period of Nov. 15, 2014 to Feb. 15, 2015 for coverage that takes effect in 2015.

Consideration may be provided on a case-by-case basis for individuals who were technologically unable to complete and pay for their coverage prior to March 31 at 11:59 pm due to an error with the Washington Healthplanfinder system. The Exchange will contact customers who are not able to complete their applications with information about receiving coverage after the deadline, but affected customers may also call 1-855-923-4633 or email customersupport@wahbexchange.org to report their situation. This does not include customers who submit incomplete or incorrect information, or did not take steps to finish their current application in the system.

Customers may enroll outside of the standard open enrollment period if they have a qualifying event, such as getting married or having a baby. Those who qualify for Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) may enroll at any point during the year, as well as American Indians/Alaskan Natives and Indians eligible for services through an Indian health care provider."

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