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Blues insurance plans won't be extended in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's largest insurer says it will not extend policies that are being canceled under the federal health care law.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota says in a statement that it's not in the insurer's best interest to give renewals for health insurance plans that don't meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. The insurer says that doing so would cause uncertainty and rate increases for its members.

Millions of people nationwide who buy their own insurance have gotten cancellation notices because their plans don't meet the higher standards. President Barack Obama last month reversed course and said those customers would be allowed to keep their existing plans for another year.

But the final decision lies with insurers and state insurance commissioners.

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