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Today is the deadline to sign up for health care on the federal HealthCare.gov website. (Screenshot HealthCare.gov)
Today is the deadline to sign up for health care on the federal HealthCare.gov website. (Screenshot HealthCare.gov)

Monday's deadline for signing up for insurance under the new health care law has effectively been extended through Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website.

Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the federal agency overseeing the Obama administration's health overhaul, says the grace period is being offered to accommodate people from different time zones and to deal with potential technical problems that could result from a last-minute rush of applicants.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with NPR's Julie Rovner about the decision and whether the website will manage under the additional traffic.

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This segment aired on December 23, 2013.

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