Gov. Haslam OKs health plan extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says he will allow an extension to Tennessee residents whose health insurance plans were deemed invalid under the federal health care law.

The one-year extension comes after President Barack Obama announced late last week that state insurance commissioners could allow health care insurers to extend current plans that would otherwise be canceled in 2014.

Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak says it will be left up to Tennessee insurance providers to determine whether it is feasible to offer the previously canceled policies.

Last week, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the state's largest health insurer, announced it will extend coverage for plans.

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