With just a handful still working out the details, most states have decided to allow health insurance providers to renew policies that don't meet the new standards required by the Affordable Care Act.
That means many people will get to keep their old plans if they want them. But many of those facing cancellation likely will be better off without them, according to Families USA, a consumer group that has advocated for the new law.
While there are no hard numbers on how many people face cancellation, many will come out ahead under the new law. That's because roughly three-quarters of policyholders facing cancellations have incomes low enough to qualify them for either expanded Medicaid coverage or premium subsides under the new law.
"They are likely to be considerably better off under the Affordable Care Act because today there are no such subsidies," said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA.