The Health Insurance Marketplace opened on October 1. While there were some difficulties with navigating the website, this piece of the Affordable Care Act is still moving forward as planned. The positive news for consumers is that the enrollment deadline for coverage beginning January 1, 2014 has been extended. Enroll by December 23 for coverage starting as soon as January 1. If you enroll, you have until at least December 31 to pay your first month’s premium according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. To learn more about the different ways that you can apply or to get help applying, click here to see our previous story on navigating the Health Insurance Marketplace.