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Nixon: Missouri Will Allow Insurance Plans to Continue

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Gov. Jay Nixon/Credit: Governor's Office

Gov. Jay Nixon says Missourians who received cancellation notices because their individual health plans don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act can now renew that policy into next year.

Nixon said Thursday that individual and small-group policies that were to be cancelled can continue to be offered by insurers in 2014. The news comes a week after President Barack Obama proposed allowing customers to keep their existing insurance policies for another year. But until Thursday, it was unclear whether Missouri would comply.

In a news release, State Insurance Director John Huff says his department has not found any Missouri law that would prohibit coverage from continuing, and will continue to work with affected Missouri insurance companies to “ensure that the best interests and needs of the consumers are met.”

The Associated Press has estimated that about five percent, or 4.2 million people, received notices this summer that their plans would be discontinued. That sparked a wave of criticism of President Obama, who had on numerous occasions assured citizens that if they like their plan they can keep it.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this month that just over 106,000 people signed up for insurance through the new online marketplace in October. That includes about 750 Missourians.