extends registration amid ‘unprecedented demand’

Just hours before the window for enrolling in health insurance through was set to close Tuesday, federal officials announced the registration period will be extended two days to accommodate heavy last-minute demand. CEO Kevin Counihan said the grace period was in response to “unprecedented demand and volume of consumers,” noting that the last few days have been the website’s busiest since the online exchange opened in October 2013.

People interested in enrolling in health insurance through the website now have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday to do so.

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