Open enrollment for 2014
The first open enrollment period for ACA signup opened October 1, 2013 and ran through March 31, 2014. While the enrollment period was slow getting off the ground, with technical and procedural issues plaguing the federal marketplace website, a surge in last-minute enrollment brought signups over the 7 million mark, projected by the Congressional Budget Office prior to October 2013. Though the March date represented a hard deadline, new extension guidelines were forthcoming for people who encountered technical problems with the federal healthcare marketplace system. Similarly, state-run marketplaces have increased flexibility, such as Nevada, which announced a 60-day extension to the open enrollment period. The penalty period for eligible taxpayers who remain uninsured began March 31, 2014, unless the taxpayer qualified for an extension.