- The Washington Times - Monday, April 14, 2014

Minnesota on Monday joined the ranks of states that are urging residents to finish up their Obamacare applications before it is too late.

MNsure, the state-run health exchange where people can shop for private health plans, said consumers determined eligible to buy coverage on their portal must choose a plan online by 11:59 p.m. on April 22 and make their first premium payment by April 30.

The federal government and several states gave Obamacare customers who were “in line” by the March 31 enrollment deadline until mid-April to finish up their plan selections.

The most immediate deadline is Tuesday, the same day federal tax returns are due.

The Obama administration, through its HealthCare.gov website for 36 states, and state-run exchanges in California, Kentucky and the District chose the April 15 deadline, while Maryland gave its residents until April 18.

States like Oregon and Nevada offered even more generous extensions.