Deadline extended to enroll in health care in Md.

Insurance carriers taking part in Maryland's health care exchange have extended the deadline for individuals and families to enroll in order to be covered Jan. 1.
 
Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown announced Tuesday that state residents who enroll in a qualified health plan through Maryland Health Connection by Dec. 27 can have coverage that begins Jan. 1. The previous deadline was Dec. 23.
 
Consumers would have until Jan. 15 to pay for their coverage.
 
The deadline extension comes as Maryland's exchange has had computer problems since its debut on Oct. 1.
 
On Monday, Carefirst announced it would extend the deadline to Dec. 27, and other insurance carriers also have agreed to the later deadline.
 
Kaiser Permanente, United Healthcare and Evergreen Health Co-op also are participating.
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