RICHMOND, Va. — The workers who are signing up Virginians for health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act have their hands full.

Monday was the deadline to determine eligibility and choose a plan in order to be covered on Jan. 1, but federal officials have decided to allow a one-day grace period for last-minute shoppers.

The Virginia Poverty Law Center oversees 16 so-called “navigators” and several volunteers in the sign-up effort. Center staff attorney Jill Hanken says they’ve been “super busy.” She says navigators reported last week that their appointment slots were all booked up through Monday.

Hanken says nearly 5,000 Virginians had selected a plan through the federal exchange by the end of November.

She says Monday’s deadline was just “round one” of open enrollment, which continues through March.

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