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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 8:43 PM

Major Kansas insurance provider to extend policies canceled by new law

By The Herald Staff

WASHINGTON — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced Tuesday it will allow consumers to extend individual and small group benefit plans deemed inadequate under the Affordable Care Act’s new requirements.

The company previously said about 9,500 Kansas customers would lose their insurance because of the requirements of the legislation, also known as Obamacare. President Obama said late last week his administration would allow insurance companies a one-year extension to continue to carry customers’ policies that otherwise would be eliminated. Some companies and state government agencies said the cancellations could not be undone because the changes already were in effect.

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