Health care penalty deadline pushed back amid website problems

Posted at: 10/24/2013 7:41 AM
Updated at: 10/24/2013 7:48 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The finger pointing continues Thursday morning about the troubled federal health care website.

The deadline to sign up was Dec. 15, but KOB Eyewitness News 4 learned it has been pushed back.

March 31 is now the last day people can sign up for coverage to avoid a tax penalty.

There are more than 400,000 New Mexicans without coverage.

Mike Nunez with New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange said he talks to the federal government almost every day, waiting to hear an update on the federal site.

"Everybody wants it to work," Nunez said. "Everyone wants to get a feel for, what does this mean to me? How does this new law impact New Mexicans? What's it going to cost me? What opportunities do I have?"  

KOB found out the exchange shot commercials aimed at individuals signing up for health care, but has not aired them. Officials say they plan to roll out their marketing campaign once the federal site starts working.