- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HealthCare.gov looks a little different, now that Obamacare enrollment is closed until mid-November.

“Open enrollment is over for 2014,” it said across the top of its homepage Tuesday. The site serves the three dozen states that let the federal government run their private health insurance exchanges from Oct. 1to March 31.

But all is not lost for procrastinators. The website encourages users to see if they can still get coverage in other ways, or if they qualify for a controversial extension that lets them attest they tried to sign up by Monday to finish up.

“If you were trying to enroll on our system by the March 31 enrollment deadline for coverage in 2014 and didn’t finish, we may still be able to help you get covered,” the website says.

Users must log into their online marketplace application “and finish the enrollment process — you’ll need to just confirm online that you were still trying to enroll on March 31,” the website says.

Or, customers can phone the federal call center and ask for help.

“Be sure to tell our customer service representative that you’ve been trying to enroll,” the website says.

The administration took heat for sticking by the March 31 deadline for days and then making allowances for people who claim they had trouble using the website, particularly since the move came after dozens of other tweaks to the law.

The White House said it was the fair thing to do, noting people who line up before the polls close on Election Day still get to vote.