Alaskans get health policy cancellation notices

Nov 01, 2013 -- 4:00pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The largest health insurer in Alaska has sent cancellation notices to more than half its individual members in the state because their existing policies don't meet requirements of the federal health care law. Melanie Coon is a spokeswoman for Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield. She says of the more than 9,000 individual members in Alaska, less than 3,800 were on "grandfathered" plans. Those are plans that were in existence before March 23, 2010, and have changed very little. Coon says cancellation notices have gone to about 5,360 other members, who will be matched to new plans that are closest to what they had before. She says members will be enrolled in those plans if they do not act by March 31. She says Premera sees this as a consumer protection.

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