Deadlines, like records, are made to be broken. Or at least adjusted with an asterisk.

The Obama administration has decided to adjust yet another one related to health coverage. Responding to the mountains of evidence that many of those for whom coverage was specifically designed aren't getting the information they need to register, the administration said it would alter the enrollment period this fall for acquiring coverage via the public exchanges. It's another attempt to fine-tune enrollment and, this time, to try to unlink it from tax season.

Enrollment for 2015 coverage began Nov. 15 and ended Feb. 15.  Next time around, the administration plans to start sooner — Nov. 1, 2015 — and cut it off a bit sooner — Jan. 31, 2016.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.