(Bloomberg) — Carriers participating in PPACA must cover same-sex married couples as families, the government said.

Separately, the government said a program for sick Americans who were denied insurance coverage before this year will be extended another month, through April. Insurers, meanwhile, were told to include more health providers for low- income people in their networks next year.

The Obama administration is seeking to maximize insurance coverage ahead of a March 31 deadline to sign up for private plans under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare. The government has regularly adjusted the law's rules, including a decision last week to allow people with health plans that pre-date Obamacare to extend them through 2016. The decisions on married gay couples and the high-risk patient group are the latest such changes.

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