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115,000 health policy cancellations delayed

The California Department of Insurance announced an agreement with Blue Shield of California that will allow 115,000 people to keep individual and family policies through March 2014. The policyholders had been sent notices their policies would be canceled as of Dec. 31. The Affordable Care Act requires all new coverage sold starting Jan. 1, 2014 meet new standards, and Blue Shield Life plans did not meet those requirements, the company said on its website.