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Hamm urges renewal of canceled health plans

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm is asking health insurance companies doing business in the state to renew canceled policies.

Millions of people nationwide who buy their own insurance have gotten cancellation notices because their plans don't meet requirements of the federal health care law. President Barack Obama earlier this month announced a fix — allowing those customers to keep their existing plans for another year.

Hamm says that isn't a long-term solution to the issue, but that it might provide a measure of temporary relief to some North Dakotans. He says almost 36,000 state residents have lost or will be losing their health insurance coverage through no fault of their own.

Some industry officials and state insurance commissioners including Hamm warn that renewals could lead to higher prices.