Obamacare deadlines continue to shift

|By:, SA News Editor

Federal and state governments are continuing to let people sign up for health coverage that takes effect on January 1 even though the latest national deadline passed on Tuesday.

Those who were unable to buy plans because of the problems affecting Obamacare's HealthCare.gov can contact a call center to see if they can still purchase plans, while Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island are allowing residents to sign up as late as New Year's Eve.

The continued shifting of the deadlines comes amid a late surge in attempts to buy coverage, with 2M people visiting HealthCare.gov on Monday.

However, it's not going down well with health insurers, who believe they won't have enough time to process all these late applications.

Relevant company tickers: AET, HNT, HUM, UNH, WLP, MOH.

ETFS: XLV, XHE, VHT, FXH, IHF, IHI, IYH, PTH, RYH, PSCH, RXL, RXD, XHS.