Health insurance industry says consumers can pay first premiums under health law by Jan. 10

  • Article by: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 5:56 PM

WASHINGTON — Consumers anxious over tight insurance deadlines and lingering computer problems during the holidays will get extra time to pay their premiums under President Barack Obama's health care law, insurers announced Wednesday.

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fouledanchorDec. 18, 1311:51 AM

"Under the industry announcement, consumers still must select a plan by Dec. 23 — next Monday. But instead of having to pay their first month's premium by New Year's Eve, they now have until Jan. 10." - - - So if I understand this correctly, the Democrats were all yelling, "It's the Law of the land", but now it's negotiable? I think I'll pay my income taxes around the 4th of July; or maybe by Labor Day.

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malmlovdorfDec. 18, 1312:35 PM

biggest trade group — America's Health Insurance Plans now dictates US Law?

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theagonybhoDec. 18, 1312:35 PM

Seems this gumby law chan be changed at will, what a disaster.

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malmlovdorfDec. 18, 1312:38 PM

Can we get H&R Block to declare taxes are no longer due on April 15th?

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EleanoreDec. 18, 1312:45 PM

Just terminate this thing already. The lawlessness is endangering everyone in the nation.

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jbpaperDec. 18, 1312:45 PM

malmlovdorf; No. They are not dictating law, they are changing their policy that says they need to be paid before you get coverage.

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deputydawg2Dec. 18, 1312:56 PM

Why would anyone rush to get on this train wreck? Hold off until you need care, pay the $89 fine and get your "free" health care. It is, after all, the liberal American thing to do.

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EleanoreDec. 18, 1312:57 PM

Just declare the law null and void and we all move on.

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mattmoscDec. 18, 13 1:28 PM

So the people that did sign up that actually have to pay a premium, are given a couple of weeks more to pay. As the months go by, how many of these people will be able to afford the premium month after month? That will be the real story! What a horrible law!!

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lukesfatherDec. 18, 13 1:35 PM

This is a trade group, insurers would follow only voluntarily. Headline is misleading. As for dictating law, HHS encouraged this flexibility late last week. It's a plus for consumers giving them more leeway to pay premium. Be careful about what gives you angst.

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