Tennessee to allow insurers to reverse policy cancellations

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that the state will allow insurance companies to extend health insurance policies cancelled under the Affordable Care Act for one year.

The announcement comes after President Barack Obama said last week that states could allow health insurers to extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled in 2014.

The president has faced heavy criticism for the fact that millions of health insurance policies were cancelled across the country despite his assurances that Americans could keep their plans if they liked them.

About 66,000 Tennesseeans are facing cancelled policies from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee alone.

"Tennesseans should be able to keep the health care coverage that they were promised they could keep," Haslam said in a news release.