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Deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act extended

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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.

The Obama administration made that announcement Wednesday.

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 site got more than a million visitors Monday.

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.

Here in the Tennessee Valley if you are needing help signing up or have questions Erlanger Health System officials are still providing a free telephone hotline, Monday through Saturday 8-to-8.  The number is 1-888-995-1674.

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