The Affordable Care Act and you: Part 15

By Eric Greene

January 8, 2014 Updated Jan 30, 2014 at 10:36 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Another deadline extension under the President's Affordable Care Act has been announced. This extension is in response to consumer confusion.

Some of the nation's top health insurers are giving consumers more time to pay their Obamacare premiums. They've extended the deadline to the end of January for benefits that begin retroactively from January first. The White House and insurers have been working to prevent payment issues.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and four other Blue Cross plans are part of the privately-held Health Care Service Corporation to move the first payment deadline from January tenth to January 31.

Other large companies, such as Aetna, say they still consider this Friday, the tenth, to be the premium payment deadline.

More than two million people In Illinois and around the country have chosen new private insurance plans under Obamacare, but the number includes consumers who have yet to pay their first premium, and therefore are not truly enrolled.

Meanwhile, with the beginning of the ACA, insurance companies are now required to cover preventive care for women with no additional costs or co-pays.

Out of pocket costs are zero for a well-woman visit, a pap test for cervical cancer, mammograms and FDA-approved birth control.