Extending the enrollment period to Americans seeking health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would negatively affect health insurers and create pricing and logistical implications for them, according to Fitch Ratings.

Open enrollment began October 1 and the deadline for enrollment currently is March 31, 2014. Health insurance exchanges (HIX), including www.healthcare.gov, have experienced technical problems and limited the number of successful purchases, but Fitch says an extension would enable consumers to delay purchases, which could increase the number who wait until they need the insurance to buy it.

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