Glitches Force One-Week Extension in Obamacare Enrollment

Glitches on the Obamacare website have forced the Department of Health and Human Services to extend the deadline to enroll in 2015 healthcare plans by at least a week, according to reports.

Politico reports that the deadline, which initially was Sunday night, is now Feb. 22 for people who were trying to enroll in a plan but were unable to because of problems with the website or long hold times at the call center.

Most states are putting similar policies in place, according to Politico.

Democrat lawmakers are also pushing for another special enrollment period centered around the April 15 tax filing deadline. People who must pay a fine for not having insurance during 2014 and who are facing a similar situation in 2015 would be eligible for this.

A recent report claimed six million American taxpayers could owe the IRS as much as 1 percent of their 2014 income because they were not covered by a healthcare plan last year.