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Why California Could Delay Anthem’s Cancellations; Young People’s Coverage Costs

NPR examines an administration claim that half of young people can get coverage for $50 per month or less, while California Healthline explores the reasons the state insurance commissioner was able to delay Anthem's cancellations.

NPR: Can Young People Get Obamacare For $50 A Month? Sometimes
For Obamacare to succeed, it's crucial for young people to sign up. Healthy young Americans need to pay into the insurance system to help cover the costs for older, sicker people. So the White House is reaching out. Its website sent emails to subscribers with a big, orange graphic that says half of young people can get coverage for $50 a month or less (Arnold, 11/13).

California Healthline: Insurance Commissioner Explains Reasons Behind Reversing Anthem Cancellations
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones yesterday laid out the reasons for the premature cancellation of 104,000 individual market health insurance policies by Anthem Blue Cross, and what led the California Department of Insurance to temporarily reinstate those policies. Anthem was cancelling non-grandfathered individual-market policies, the kind of policies people will be able to get with more benefits and possibly lower rates from Covered California. Anthem still plans to cancel them, but it jumped the gun on timing by making the policies end Dec. 31, Jones said. The insurer should have given at least 90 days' notice before cancelling policies, Jones said (Gorn, 11/13).

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