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State Regulators Explore Options On Insurance Plan Cancellations

Oregon regulators rejected calls to push back the cancellation dates of 140,000 health insurance policies in the state, even as momentum to delay the cancellations builds among California officials and some national Democratic figures. Meanwhile, PBS NewsHour explores the reasons for the cancellations of policies which are sold directly to individuals. 

The Oregonian: Oregon Insurance Commissioner Says State Won’t Delay 2013 Health Coverage Cancellations
State regulators have rejected an idea to push back the cancellation dates of more than 140,000 Oregonians' health insurance policies despite public confusion and momentum among California officials and some national Democratic Party leaders to do so. But despite confidential discussions over the last week between insurance executives and top state officials of potential changes that included a mandatory three-month delay of cancellations, Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali has decided against the idea for now due to logistical difficulties (Budnick, 11/12).

The Associated Press: Calif. Insurance Commissioner: More Than 1M Californians Having Insurance Cancelled Due To ACA
Health insurer Anthem Blue Cross of California has agreed to a two-month extension of about 104,000 individual policies after failing to give the required 90-day cancellation notice, state Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones announced Tuesday. The policies had been set to expire on Dec. 31 but will be extended until Feb. 28 for those who choose to re-enroll. Notices informing customers of the extension will be sent out this week, Anthem said (11/12).

PBS NewsHour: Understanding Why Americans’ Insurance Plans Are Being Canceled
Despite being happy with her health care plan, Deborah Persico of Washington, D.C., received notice that her insurance policy was being canceled. To understand some setbacks and some successes of the law Judy Woodruff speaks with Mary Agnes Carey of Kaiser Health News (Woodruff, 11/12).

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