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‘Obamacare’ March 31 open enrollment deadline will not be delayed

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The clock is ticking on the individual health insurance open enrollment period for 2014, which is scheduled to end on March 31, 2014. Unlike many of the other deadlines established under "Obamacare," this one will not be extended or delayed. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Congress on March 12 that the Obama administration would not extend the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance or delay the requirement for most Americans to have coverage. This means that, if you haven’t already done so, you have only until the end of March to obtain minimally adequate coverage for yourself and your dependents, either through your state health insurance exchange, directly from a private health insurer, or anywhere else you can get it. However, if you qualify for "Obamacare" health insurance tax subsidies for 2014, you must obtain your coverage through your state exchange to receive them (you’ll qualify for such subsidies only if your family income is...