Oregon unsure about effect of health care twist

Oregon unsure about effect of health care twist

Credit: Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com staff

Oregon unsure about effect of health care twist

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on November 14, 2013 at 5:53 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It's unclear how Oregon will be affected by President Barack Obama's decision to allow the continued sale of insurance plans that would have been cancelled by year's end because they don't comply with the Affordable Health Care Act.

The state's Insurance Division spokeswoman Cheryl Martinis said Thursday officials are still looking into the implications of Obama's announcement.

About 145,000 Oregonians have received cancellation notices. Most insurance companies have said they plan to automatically move these people onto new -- though possibly more expensive -- coverage if they didn't enroll on their own via Cover Oregon.

The state Insurance Division considered requiring insurance companies to delay the policy cancellations until the end of March. But officials decided against it earlier this week because it might create more complications.
 

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