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Covered California procrastinators get two-week signup reprieve
Merced Sun-Star

Monday’s deadline for getting health insurance – or paying a penalty – apparently lit a fire under consumers in California.

The Covered California health exchange said its website received 324,000 visits from midnight Sunday to 2:30 p.m. Monday, resulting in 5.7 million pages viewed. That was triple the number of page views Dec. 23, which was the deadline for health coverage starting Jan. 1.

The big rush froze the Covered California online application portal and prompted some enrollment counselors in Modesto to give paper applications to clients.

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