White House to allow insurers to continue canceled plans, says official
President Barack Obama is expected to announce that individuals with insurance policies that are being canceled because they do not meet Obamacare's standards will be allowed to renew them, sources told NBC News. However, those insurance companies will be required to tell people about alternative options and the benefits they will be giving up by keeping older plans.
Obama, under pressure from Democrats facing angry calls from people who have lost their health insurance plans, is expected to deliver a statement on Obamacare at the White House momentarily.
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As of Wednesday, just over 106,000 people nationally signed up for Obamacare health insurance plans in the first month of sales, according to the latest figures from federal officials. And only 26,000 of those individuals went through the HealthCare.gov site.
(Read more: Obamacare rollout numbers worse than feared)
Top government technology officials told an acrimonious congressional hearing Wednesday that they expected the website to be working smoothly by the end of the month as planned.
"We have much work still to do, but are making progress at a growing rate," Todd Park, the chief technology officer at the White House, told the Republican-led House of Representatives' Oversight Committee.
—By Reuters, with CNBC.com