Massachusetts residents signing up for health insurance through the state have a few more days to make their first payment, but must still enroll before midnight tonight to guarantee their coverage begins Jan. 1.
State officials behind the Health Connector website say it has been working well as thousands use it to sign up ahead of Tuesday's midnight enrollment deadline, but phone wait times have been about an hour. To ease the crush, Connector official Maydad Cohen is extending the payment deadline until Sunday.
"I want to be very clear here: consumers must still select and check out a plan by midnight tonight, Dec. 23," Cohen said.
The Health Connector call center will be open on Sunday to help those taking advantage of the deadline extension for payments.