Gov't offers a stopgap health insurance option

Created: 12/20/2013 1:34 AM WHEC.com

The Obama administration is trying avoid making more bad news over the rollout of the president's health care law.
Trying to head off a break in coverage for people whose individual plans have been canceled, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is opening up a special coverage option created under the law for young adults.
In a letter to senators released Thursday night, Sebelius says people whose plans have been canceled will, regardless of their age, be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan intended mainly for people under 30.
The insurance industry immediately criticized the special exemption, saying it could create market instability and confuse consumers.


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