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ACA deadline is today

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Today is the final day to sign up for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Most Americans who are not covered either by private insurance or an ACA account face a tax penalty if they miss today's deadline.

For those who try to sign up but get hung up on technical problems, officials say you should not worry.  Anyone who starts applying today, but is unable to finish will get extra time.

The government says six million Americans have signed up since last October when the site had technical problems.

The Obama administration's health care website is stumbling under heavy traffic today.  Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance.  At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room.
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