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Obama administration delaying some rules for appealing health insurance denials
Los Angeles Times

The Obama administration is delaying until next January its enforcement of some new rules designed to protect patients who appeal insurers’ decisions to deny or reduce health care benefits.

In the meantime, the Labor Department said in a posting on its website that it will revise the requirements to deal with objections raised by insurers. These rules were mandated by the health care law, and federal officials had earlier said they would start enforcing them in July.

The delays were defended by the administration and the insurance industry but worry consumer advocates.