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Governors, including Ige, ask federal government to extend affordable care enrollment period

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Gov. David Ige has joined the governors of three other states to ask the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to extend, by one week, the Open Enrollment period for states using HealthCare.gov.

The governor joined North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to send a letter dated Wednesday, Dec. 13, to Acting Secretary Eric D. Hargan, asking for the extension, citing long waiting periods to complete online applications.

The contents of the letter were released Friday.

"Extensions have played a very important role in helping people who had trouble or could not get through enrollment in past years," states a portion of the letter. "During both of the last extensions, between 400,000 to 450,000 additional enrollments, or 6-8 percent of total enrollment and 10-11 percent of new enrollments, occurred during the two additional business days allowed for enrollment."

They claim that the elimination of the Jan. 15 and Jan. 31 deadlines has resulted in a compressed enrollment period and therefore heavier enrollments leading up to the Friday, Dec. 15 deadline.

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