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White House Leaves Itself Open To Extend Obamacare Fix Beyond 2014

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President Barack Obama speaks about his signature health care law, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Bowing to pressure, President Barack Obama intends to permit continued sale of individual insurance plans that have been canceled because they failed to meet coverage standards under the health care law, officials said Thursday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) | ASSOCIATED PRESS


(Fixes year to 2014 in first paragraph)

WASHINGTON, Nov 14 (Reuters) - The Obama administration could extend beyond 2014 a one-year fix in its healthcare law that allows insurance companies to renew health plans for consumers whose policies would otherwise be canceled, the White House said on Thursday.

President Barack Obama announced a plan to let insurance companies extend policies that would not meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act.

In a fact sheet outlining the details of that plan, the White House said the Department of Health and Human Services would consider a further extension of that fix beyond 2014.

"HHS will consider the impact of this transitional policy in assessing whether to extend it beyond 2014," the White House said. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; editing by Jackie Frank)

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