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Government to pick plans for displaced health law customers

4 months 2 weeks 3 days ago October 06, 2016 Oct 6, 2016 Thursday, October 06 2016 October 06, 2016 3:01 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is worried that insurers bailing out of the health care law's markets may prompt their customers to drop out, too.

So administration officials have come up with a strategy to steer affected consumers to plans from remaining insurance companies.

Insurers worry that policyholders could get an unwelcome surprise if their new government-recommended plan isn't what they're used to.

The backstop is outlined in an administration document circulating among insurers and state regulators. It also calls for reaching consumers with a constant stream of reminders as the health law's 2017 sign-up season goes into full swing.

A copy of the strategy was provided to The Associated Press.

The administration says consumers have the last word as far as accepting any "alternate" plan they're offered.

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