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Sebelius: Website will be better

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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DETROIT (AP) -- President Barack Obama's top health care official says the number of people wanting to keep insurance policies that were canceled because of the federal health overhaul is small. But Kathleen Sebelius says those people have valid concerns that the administration is addressing.

Sebelius today visited a Detroit health clinic, where she sought to reassure the public that the troubled federal insurance website will be much improved by the end of November.

President Obama yesterday said his administration will no longer require insurers to get rid of plans that fall short of minimum coverage standards. People currently covered by those plans would be able to keep them for another year.

Sebelius says that strikes a balance -- ultimately steering those people to plans with more comprehensive coverage, but also recognizing that residents who don't qualify for tax subsidies on the exchange may be at a financial disadvantage.


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