The Obama administration has announced a two-day deadline extension for consumers to sign up for plans on the federal insurance marketplaces. Some states that run their own exchanges, such as New York and Minnesota, are also extending the deadline. 

The Dec. 15 deadline has been pushed to Dec. 17 in response to overwhelming demand, said Kevin Counihan, CEO of Those who are still trying to get insurance have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time to find a plan. 

"Hundreds of thousands have already selected plans over the last two days and approximately 1 million consumers have left their contact information to hold their place in line," Counihan told USA Today in a statement. "Our goal is to provide access to affordable coverage, and the additional 48 hours will give consumers an opportunity to come back and complete their enrollment for January 1 coverage."

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