President allows insurers to extend otherwise canceled plans

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 7:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 8:00 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Millions of frustrated Americans have received cancellation notices from their insurance companies all because their plans did not meet the standards set out by the Affordable Care Act. On Thursday the President addressed the nation with a temporary fix.

“Insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled into 2014 and Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan,” explains President Barack Obama at a news conference.

He made a number of apologies while he spoke about the ACA. One woman we spoke with says she’s already making other plans to make sure her family is covered.

“I got a letter saying because I work through the school and I don’t work through the summer, Christmas break, Thanksgiving break, spring break, I’m now considered part time and that my insurance was being canceled and I would have to get my own insurance,” explained Jody Arthur.

It was jarring news for the mother of two.

“It’s horrifying not knowing if you’ll have insurance or if you won’t have insurance, if you’ll be able to take them to the doctor, if they’ll be able to get their medicines.”

President Obama readily admitted that the roll out of the ACA was flawed and the plan still has plenty of kinks. But, many no longer believe they can count on the president’s promises to find solutions.

“Not knowing from day to day,” Arthur said, “Because it changes every day. Not knowing is the hard part.”

The president admitted they “fumbled the ball” but said he wasn’t aware they were having so many problems with the website before the launch. Governor Steve Beshear said Kentucky will comply with the president’s request to extend existing policies, but it’s still a business decision for each insurer to make.
 

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