Beshear says Ky. to comply with Obama's directive

Beshear says Ky. to comply with Obama's directive

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has directed the Kentucky Department of Insurance to comply with President Barack Obama's directive Thursday that could allow some 280,000 Kentuckians to keep their current insurance policies, at least for another year.

Beshear said Thursday the decision ultimately will be left to insurance companies, many of which have already invested much time and money into developing coverage plans that meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama had been under pressure from congressional Republicans and Democrats to allow people to keep existing policies.

In Kentucky, about 130,000 people with individual insurance coverage face discontinuation in their policies in the months ahead, as do about 150,000 people with small group policies.

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