Nearly 700,000 U.S. residents have filled out applications for health insurance coverage since Oct. 1, with nearly half of those coming through HealthCare.gov and others coming through state-run sites, Bataille said. She declined to tell reporters how many of the applications have been successfully processed.
HealthCare.gov is one way that uninsured U.S. residents can apply for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, passed by Congress in 2010. Uninsured U.S. residents have until Dec. 15 to sign up for health insurance policies that would take effect Jan. 1, but they have until the end of March to meet the deadline of buying health insurance to avoid a tax penalty.
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