Oregon carriers OK individual health plan extensions

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) About 145,000 Oregonians with individual health insurance that was threatened with cancellation will be able to extend their plans.

State officials say seven of the nine carriers in Oregon will allow customers to renew their plans through the end of next year.

They are: Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, Providence Health Plan, LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon, Health Net Health Plan of Oregon Inc., Time Insurance Co. and John Alden Life Insurance Co.

Two carriers will allow renewal through March 31. They are Moda Health Plan and PacificSource Health Plans.

The announcement followed President Barack Obama's decision to allow the continued sale of insurance plans that don't comply with the minimum standards in the Affordable Care Act.

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