No decision until Dec. on canceled health plans in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Idaho doesn’t plan to make a decision until December on whether to allow people to maintain existing insurance policies that were due for cancellation under President Obama’s health care overhaul.

The Department of Insurance says a decision has been put off until then because the details on how health insurance companies would calculate rates for extended plans still aren’t clear.

Last Thursday, Obama said he’d allow insurance companies to keep selling these existing plans for another year, even if they do not meet certain Affordable Care Act criteria for coverage.

He made the move amid criticism that he’d promised nobody would be forced out of their existing policy under the 2010 overhaul.

But the decision requires state approval.

Idaho is among numerous states still considering whether to follow Obama’s lead.

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