Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has added a grace period for people who begin applications and select plans by midnight Monday, the deadline for people who want coverage Jan. 1.

The exchange, Access Health CT, is giving people until Friday to complete their applications, as long as they start their applications and select insurance plans by midnight Monday.

The sign-up period for private insurance under the federal health law runs through Feb. 15, but people who miss the Monday deadline won’t get coverage until Feb. 1. People who qualify for Medicaid can sign up at any point during the year.

Arielle Levin Becker covered health care for The Connecticut Mirror. She previously worked for The Hartford Courant, most recently as its health reporter, and has also covered small towns, courts and education in Connecticut and New Jersey. She was a finalist in 2009 for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists, a recipient of a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship and the third-place winner in 2013 for an in-depth piece on caregivers from the National Association of Health Journalists. She is a 2004 graduate of Yale University.

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