|By Jakob Rodgers, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)|
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"It's a big deal, and will significantly impact us depending upon how it gets rolled out," said
"It's not quite clear," Plymell said. "So that's one of the reasons we're still looking at it."
The extension reopens a politically charged issue that erupted last fall when millions of Americans received cancellation notices from their insurance companies, despite President
To diffuse the fallout, Obama allowed insurance companies to extend those plans -- which typically have far fewer benefits, but also lower price tags -- for one year. Regulators in about half the states signed off on that change.
Regulators do not know how many customers chose to keep their old plans by renewing early, said
She added, though, that one major carrier reported one-third of its customers who received letters took the "early renewal" option.
The ability for customers to keep their old plans "absolutely hit" Connect for Health Colorado, because officials were expecting people whose plans were canceled to consider exchange-based plans, Fontneau said.
At least one member of the board that oversees the exchange voiced concern this week over the prospect of
If allowed, the marketplace's customer pool would be smaller, said
"The longer it takes to get them into our pool, the longer it's going to take to get the benefit of a broader, healthier population that's going to lower rates for everybody," ErkenBrack said.
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