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BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee won't extend small employer policies

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While Tennessee's biggest health insurer will give individual policy holders another year before they must come under the requirements of the new health reform law, small businesses facing cancellations will not be granted the same reprieve.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced Monday that it will not offer small group customers -- 50 or fewer employees -- the same extension option because BlueCross allowed early renewal this year to let businesses opt to keep their existing plans through most of 2014.

BlueCross vice president Roy Vaughn said last week that the company "had many, many of our groups" take advantage of the early renewal this fall to stay ahead of the changes. Those employers won't come under the new and often more expensive requirements of the so-called ObamaCare law until next fall.

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