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DC residents rush to sign up for health coverage

Monday - 3/31/2014, 6:10pm  ET

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- District of Columbia residents who haven't yet signed up for health insurance coverage are waiting on hold with the city's call center and lining up to enroll in person ahead of the latest deadline.

Monday is the last day for the uninsured to enroll in a health plan without paying an IRS penalty under the federal health care overhaul.

Mila Kofman, executive director of the city's health exchange, says there are thousands of people who still haven't enrolled. But she says the district is in better shape than most states because the percentage of uninsured residents is so low.

The district joined the Obama administration and several other states in offering a grace period into April for people who start applications but don't finish them by midnight.

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