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Deadline For Healthcare Coverage Extended to Dec. 17th

SBA Deputy Administrator Douglas Kramer and Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho encourage Philadelphia to Sign-up for Health Coverage
Release Date: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Release Number: 
Robert Goza (610) 382-3084 |

PHILADELPHIA– The sign-up deadline to begin 2016 coverage on January 1 has just been extended until 11:59pm PST December 17. With an unprecedented demand and volume of consumers contacting and its call center leading up to the December 15 deadline the additional 48 hours will give consumers and expanded window to gain access to affordable coverage. For more information on open enrollment, call 1-800-318-2596 or visit


“Even with the deadline extension, time is running out! The new December 17th deadline is just 48 hours away. If you need 2016 coverage and want it to begin on January 1, make sure to enroll at by December 15th,” U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Natalia Olson-Urtecho said.

During his visit to the area yesterday, SBA Deputy Administrator, Douglas J. Kramer joined local health officials to promote Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment at the Norristown Regional Health Center, where he also met with enrollment assisters/navigators. Accompanied by leaders from SBA resource partner University of Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Wharton School of Business, he met with entrepreneurs who have been assisted by the SBDC.

A key stop on Kramer’s visit was the University City Science Center Digital Health Accelerator, where he and Olson-Urtecho met with Philadelphia businesses benefiting from record numbers of Americans eligible for healthcare coverage. The Science Center recently received $50,000 from SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition to help incubate local startups in the health IT sector. Launched in 2014, The Science Center is a dynamic hub for innovation, and entrepreneurship and technology development in the Greater Philadelphia region and is now home to several healthcare startups. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration is an independent federal agency of the U.S. government whose mission is to help small businesses start, grow and succeed through loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA also helps people recover from disasters and rebuild their lives by providing affordable, timely and accessible financial assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses.


To request interviews or photos, contact Robert Goza, SBA’s Public Information Officer in the Eastern Pennsylvania District Office, at 610-382-3084 or