Lawmakers Ask Insurance Companies to Extend Canceled Health Plans

Blue Shield of California will give consumers until March to pick a new insurance policy.

U.S. President Barack Obama signs the health insurance reform bill in the East Room of the White House  on Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Clara Ritger
Nov. 6, 2013, 3:14 a.m.

Fed­er­al law­makers and state of­fi­cials are ask­ing in­sur­ance com­pan­ies to give con­sumers whose plans have been can­celed due to the Af­ford­able Care Act more time to pick a policy,  The Wall Street Journ­al re­ports.

Blue Shield of Cali­for­nia said it would give 115,000 cus­tom­ers un­til March — rather than Jan. 1 — to pick a new policy.

About 10 mil­lion Amer­ic­ans are ex­pec­ted to re­ceive no­tices of health-in­sur­ance plan can­cel­la­tions be­cause their cov­er­age does not meet Af­ford­able Care Act re­quire­ments.

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