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Healthcare.gov deadline dilemma

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - If you want health insurance by March 1st, the deadline to apply is February 15th. However, beginning at 2 p.m. Central Time, until 4 a.m. Tuesday the 18th, the Social Security Administration will conduct required regularly scheduled systems maintenance. According to Healthcare.gov during that period, verification of Social Security Numbers and other related data will not be available. But, other services will still function. 
Representatives say if you have already completed your application and know what you qualify for, this does not affect you. You can continue to pick a plan and complete enrollment. If you want the March 1st coverage and do not finish online enrollment by the time the site functions are unavailable, Healthcare.gov states on the blog that you can call 1-800-318-2596 on Tuesday the 18th after 4 a.m. Central Time to request the March 1st coverage and they will work to get you enrolled as needed. 
    If the March 1st date isn't critical for you and you still want to complete your application this weekend, you can still do so over the three day period, but you will not find out what you qualify for. Representatives say you must save your application so that you can return to the online process of enrollment when the site returns to normal. 
    According to the Obama Administration, over one million people signed up for new coverage in January. You do still have until March 31st to sign up for new coverage under the open enrollment period.Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.
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