Alaskans living in Southcentral affected by the Nov. 30 earthquake have until Jan. 29, 2019 to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. 

In a release from United Way of Anchorage, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that Alaskans living in the Municipality of Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna Boroughs at the time of the quake are eligible for the extension past the original Dec. 15 deadline.

Lori Wing-Heier, director of Alaska's Division of Insurance, explained for the extension to kick in, "The caller has to call in to [healthcare.gov] and would have to attest that they could not enroll because of the earthquake."

The extension is a part of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' declaration of public health emergency on Dec. 3 in response to the earthquake. Two days later, the US Department of Health and Human Services accepted the declaration, allowing an extension to be implemented.

Those interested in the the extension can call United Way's 211 line, or the healthcare.gov information line at 800-318-2596. 

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