10 Key Dates in Obamacare

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014: Open enrollment officially closes, however those who began the process before the deadline will be allowed to enroll until a yet unannounced date in April. Obama administration announces no way to verify when users began enrollment.

March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014: Administration announces the Pre-Existing Conditions Insurance Plan, which was originally set to expire on Dec. 31, and has been extended monthly since will be extended until April.

March 5, 2014

March 5, 2014: Government changes its regulation of Obamacare to allow Americans with health coverage that pre-dates Obamacare to stay on their plans for two more years, insurers are given an extra month to sign up customers next winter, and states get more time to decide whether to manage the law themselves.

Feb. 10, 2014

Feb. 10, 2014: Internal Revenue Service issues final guidance saying that employers with fewer than 100 employees won’t have to provide health insurance coverage until Jan. 1, 2016.

Jan. 16, 2014

Jan. 16, 2014: Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, reveals in testimony on Capitol Hill that the back -end payment system of Healthcare.gov is still being built.

Jan. 10, 2014

Jan. 10, 2014: Obama administration announces that Accenture will replace CGI Group, the company that built the main Obamacare website, in February when CGI’s contract with the federal government expires, a person familiar with the decision said.

Dec. 23, 2013

Dec. 23, 2013: On the deadline to sign up for coverage beginning Jan. 1, it is extended until midnight on Dec. 24 as heavy traffic to the online enrollment system caused a queuing system to be activated.

Dec. 12, 2013

Dec. 12, 2013: Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asks agency’s inspector general to review the development of Healthcare.gov, among other steps, in order to take “concrete action” and prevent future issues.

Oct. 1, 2013

Oct. 1, 2013: Healthcare.gov officially opens for business but is mired for technical glitches, allowing few Americans to enroll in the first week.

March 23, 2010

March 23, 2010: President Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. Images: Fotolia and Bloomberg (File photos) Text: Brian M. Kalish/HIX-News.com This slideshow first appeared at Employee Benefit Adviser.

As open enrollment officially comes to a close today, there have been many milestones on the way. Here are ten key dates, in reverse order, on how we got to where we are.