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President Obama revising the Affordable Care Act
President Obama is changing the rules so the millions of Americans who had their health insurance plans canceled can be offered their old plans for one more year, but it's not an easy fix, the canceled plans now have to be re-priced and filed with state regulators for approval. Then it's up to state insurance commissioners to implement the change.
About 3 weeks ago Channel 3 News introduced you to Kathryn Webb. She and her husband received a letter in the mail, telling them their health coverage will be canceled on January 1st because of the Affordable Care Act.
The $82 dollars a month they currently pay is within their means, anything more than that will hurt their budget. Kathryn says they found a plan on the Health Insurance Marketplace could cost them $178 dollars a month but that's out of their price range too. Since our last story, they've been shopping around trying to see what's available.
"The premium is going to be significantly higher, the deductible is going to be out of range for us, and there isn't any option for us that'll make it affordable for us" said Kathryn Webb, Health Coverage Dropped.
Problems associated with Healthcare.gov and people losing their health coverage have led to possible changes to the Affordable Care Act.
The President's proposal calls for people dropped by their health insurance to be allowed to stay on their current plans for another year. Friday morning, Kathryn got a call from her insurance provider, Florida Blue, telling her the news.
"Yes indeed, they are planning to extend the plans that were canceled if I understood the lady correctly and a letter should be in our mailbox in a few days" said Webb.
This week, the President apologized in a news conference for problems associated with Obamacare.
Channel 3 News reporter, Kavontae Smalls asked, "Do you accept his apology?" "I would if I thought it was genuine, I think it's a political move" replied Webb.
Atleast for now, Kathryn is glad she may be able to keep her current plan for another year, but she admits she's skeptical.
Friday, the House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow people to permanently keep, and even continue to buy healthcare plans that were canceled under Obamacare.