Deadline looms for health insurance enrollment

Iowa residents are hurrying to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace website before a looming coverage deadline.

Experts helping people enroll in plans say Monday that they have been busy getting people help in recent days. The deadline to sign up on the federal exchange for coverage that starts Jan. 1 was Monday, but federal officials have now effectively extended that deadline through Tuesday.

Iowa is one of 36 states using the federal enrollment website. This grace period for enrollment is one of many adjustments during a troubled roll-out for President Barack Obama's health care law.

Nicole Kock, a navigator with Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, says that an extension will benefit those seeking insurance. She says it gives people a little more time to plan.