(WREG-TV) The Obama administration has extended the health care enrollment period to mid-April, The Washington Post reports.
Those who say they tried but were unable to enroll through the federal marketplace by the March 31st deadline will simply have to check a blue box on Healthcare.gov for the extension.
So while the deadline is still technically the 31st, people can simply check that blue box to push back their enrollment – they don’t have to say why they need or want an extension.
House Speaker John Boehner said the move has rendered another ObamaCare deadline “meaningless.”
“The administration is now resorting to an honor system to enforce it. What the hell is this, a joke?” Boehner said Wednesday.
The main reasoning behind the extension appears to be that it would help those who have had issues signing up online.
A Health and Human Services official who spoke with The Washington Post anonymously says official haven’t determined how long the actual extension will be after people request it.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Memphis in November, and took the blame for the problems.
“There is nobody more frustrated than I am and I’m really sorry that people who have waited so long are frustrated.”
She also admitted mistakes could have been avoided.
“Clearly we did not do enough testing. We were eager to not delay any longer the incredible journey people have waited their lives for in hindsight that balance may have been a little bit different.”
The Obama administration is expected to make an official announcement about the extension Wednesday.