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MNsure extends enrollment deadline

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Due to ongoing technical problems on MNsure's website, Interim Executive Director Scott Leitz announced Friday that Minnesotans will have eight more days to sign up for health care, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Leitz says anyone who enrolls by the extended deadline of Dec. 31 will have health coverage Jan. 1.

Although it may take insurers a couple days to recognize new customers in their systems, customers will be covered retroactively, MPR reports.

The deadline extension comes after a dramatic week at the state's health exchange as former chief April Todd-Malmlov stepped down and Leitz was named interim leader.

Leitz has vowed to reduce call center wait times and fix website glitches.

As the deadline approaches, more than 80 additional IBM workers are on-site to work on technical issues and MNsure has more than doubled its call center staff, the Star Tribune reports.

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