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Crunch time again for health insurance sign-ups
San Francisco Chronicle

President Barack Obama’s push to cover America’s uninsured faces another big test Monday. This time, it’s not only how the website functions, but how well the program itself works for millions who are starting to count on it.

Midnight Monday, Pacific time, is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect Jan. 1, and for current enrollees to make changes that could reduce premium increases ahead of the new year. HealthCare.gov and state insurance websites are preparing for heavy online traffic before the deadline, which gives consumers in the East three hours into Tuesday to enroll.

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