Reuters says PPACA plan deadline delayed

HHS has not yet said which plans will be on its exchange shelves. (LHP photo) HHS has not yet said which plans will be on its exchange shelves. (LHP photo)

Reuters is reporting the Obama administration has pushed back yet another deadline.

This one is for federal exchange plan issuers and when their final agreements are due to the feds.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier had said it would have the "qualified health plan" issuers sign the final agreements between Sept. 5 and Sept. 9. But that deadline has been pushed back until mi-September.

HHS officials told Reuters they still expect the federal exchanges to open Oct. 1. The coverage sold from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 would kick in Jan. 1.

HHS officials were not immediately available for comment.

Reuters said HHS wants to give companies more time to handle "technical requests."

Earlier, officials in Oregon said their exchange will wait to open their website until sometime after Oct. 1. The Oregon exchange will begin enrolling consumers manually.

Officials at the Covered California exchange also have talked about the possibility of starting out with a manual registration process.

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