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Obamacare's Latest Shift Extends Old Plans to Late 2016

White House officials announced what they called adjustments meant to “provide a smooth transition for consumers and insurers” as the Affordable Care Act takes effect. The changes are also meant to defang some of the criticisms of the health law.

First, those who remain in old policies that don’t meet Obamacare’s standards will be able to renew them as late as Oct. 1, 2016, if their state insurance commissioners allow it. That group was given a one-year reprieve after cancellation notices last fall sparked a public-relations nightmare for the administration.