HEALTH extends sign-up deadline to Monday

Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Associated Press

The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1.

Certified Application Counselor Arlene Feliciano, of York City, talks with Medical Receptionist and co-worker Abigail Williams, left, of Mount Wolf during their shift Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, at the Family First Health- George Street Center, in York City. As a Certified Application Counselor, Feliciano helps guide people through open enrollment. Amanda J. Cain photo

The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific time  — 2:59 a.m. EST — on Monday, Dec. 19, says Kevin Counihan, CEO of the federal health insurance markets.

The unexpected extension was announced after close of business Thursday. Counihan said it's due to strong interest.

The old deadline was Thursday.

The Obama administration has set a goal of signing up 13.8 million people for 2017, a modest increase. So far enrollment is running about on par with last year, but the share of new customers is down.

Open enrollment ends Jan. 31.

President-elect Donald Trump and the GOP Congress have vowed to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law.