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Updated Deadline for Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act

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A warning from Capitol Hill for people signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act: the Obama administration announced Wednesday that you actually have to sign up to get coverage around Valentine's Day in order to avoid getting slapped with a penalty for being uninsured.

The new deadline is about 6 weeks earlier than the March 31 deadline that was first announced.

The explanation for the change is that coverage typically starts on the first day of a given month, and it takes up to 15 days to process applications.