State may extend insurance enrollment deadline

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico officials frustrated with the federal heatlhcare.gov website are considering extending the deadline to join the state-run health insurance exchange.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange board held informal discussions Friday on whether to prolong the open enrollment period, which is scheduled to close March 15.

Board Chairman Dr. J.R. Damron says glitches in the federal system have made signing up a “dysfunctional” process.

The deadline to have health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act is April 1. Those who miss it could face tax penalties and more months of waiting for the next open enrollment period.

Officials had initially estimated 83,000 people to register this year but now estimate only between 40,000 and 50,000 will enroll.

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