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Idaho Will Let People Keep Canceled Insurance

Benito Baeza

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho will let insurance carriers reinstate coverage for thousands of people who were due to have policies canceled under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter said Tuesday he’s asked insurance carriers to consider reinstating coverage for individuals and small businesses.

But Otter said he won’t require it because he’s “not going to tell them how to run their business.” Amid criticism last month over canceled policies, President Obama said he’d allow insurance companies to keep selling old plans to people for another year — even if the coverage didn’t meet requirements of his 2010 health law.

Across the nation, states are coming to different conclusions about whether to follow Obama’s lead. For instance, in Washington, regulators declined to allow policies to be renewed for another year.

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