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Deadline to sign up for health insurance through ACA is Dec.15

12/8/2017, 4:58 a.m.
Roughly two weeks are left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. People also may re-enroll ...

Roughly two weeks are left to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

People also may re-enroll or change their insurance plan through the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace by the Dec. 15 deadline.

Coverage will start on Jan. 1, once premiums are paid.

The website to enroll will be shut down from midnight to noon every Sunday except Sunday, Dec. 10, according to Trump administration officials.

Despite the Trump administration’s efforts to curtail the ACA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said 504,181 people signed up for insurance in the week ending Nov. 25.

Total sign-ups reached 2.78 million during the first four weeks of enrollment, officials reported. The figures do not include enrollment in the District of Columbia or for the 11 states that run their own health care marketplaces and websites.

Details about the ACA and enrollment are available at www.healthcare.gov. — RONALD E. CARRINGTON