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Anthem extends renewal deadline in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire residents with individual insurance plans through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield are getting more time to renew their policies.

Anthem recently notified 22,000 customers that their plans were being discontinued because they don't comply with the Affordable Care Act. But consumers also can renew their policies for one year. The deadline to do that had been Friday, but Insurance Commissioner Roger Sevigny says the deadline is being extended to Nov. 30.

In the face of a public uproar, Obama change course Thursday and said he would take administrative action to let insurance companies continue selling such plans for at least another year. Sevigny said he is still reviewing what that means for New Hampshire.

The renewal deadline was first announced by U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.