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Obama to allow continued sale of cancelled plans

This morning (11/14/13), President Obama announced that he will permit health insurers to temporarily continue selling individual health plans which do not meet Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements.

Specifically, insurers will be able to continue selling existing individual plans through 2014. Carriers will be required to notify existing customers about alternatives available under the ACA, and educate them on existing plans’ shortcomings as compared to coverage required by the law.

These extensions will not be available to anyone who is not currently enrolled in a non-compliant plan.

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We are awaiting guidance on how this change will be implemented. The roll-out will differ by state, as well as by carrier.  For updates, please visit the thread on this topic on

This post was contributed by Shannon Saksewski (Health Education Program Manager, Detroit Regional Chamber).  Shannon can be contacted at