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CA asks health insurers to extend policies

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones is asking health insurance companies to maintain their individual insurance policies through 2014 after President Barack Obama extended the deadline.

Jones said he asked the state's health insurance exchange, Covered California, on Thursday to release insurers from their contracts to terminate policies as of Dec. 31. Jones said he has opposed terminating more than 1 million insurance policies by the end of the year. He says the Affordable Care Act already did not require those policies to end until December 2014. Obama extended that deadline on Thursday, conceding problems with the rollout of the law. The California Association of Health Plans says California should stay on track with its current plan to get more people into the comprehensive policies required under the federal law.

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