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HEALTH OVERHAUL-STOPGAP OPTION
Govt offering stopgap measures for those having trouble replacing canceled insurance policies
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, December 20, 2013 3:21 AM EST
People whose existing health care insurance has been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act will not be hit with tax penalties for failing to line up new coverage as required under the law.
Under another stopgap option Sebelius announced Thursday, those whose plans were canceled will be able to buy a bare-bones catastrophic plan regardless of their age. Such plans had been intended for those under 30.
A hotline for people who got cancellations is being set up by Health and Human Services as part of the effort to head off more bad news coming from the chaotic rollout of the health care law.