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HHS eases Valentine's Day deadline conflict

(AP photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
(AP photo/U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has helped clear up a deadline conflict that could have caused unexpected headaches for consumers who want to avoid the new penalties to be imposed on the uninsured.

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), the HHS agency directly in charge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange program and the federal exchange enrollment website, will be changing procedures that could have cut the amount of time consumers really have to sign up for coverage by about six weeks.

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