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Ohio Families Respond to Health Care Adjustment

COLUMBUS (Jen French) -- President Barack Obama announced changes to his health care law to give insurance companies the option to keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be canceled.

He announced Americans with cancelled plans could keep their same coverage for one more year.

But, for at least one Ohio family, that is not enough time.

Amanda Moreland said other health plans are more expensive than the one she currently has. A mother of five, Moreland cannot know what medical expenses might be in her future.

"I had a birth of a baby, a son with a serious concussion injury and another son with a broken arm," Moreland said.

Her health insurance had covered these expenses, but she was told that same plan no longer meets federal health care guidelines.

"It's just no longer being offered. There's really no distinct explanation as to why or what," she said.

Moreland visited the Affordable Health Care website but wasn't able to sign up. She said other private options are too pricey.

"It's going to dig deep into our pockets to just be able to take care of our well-being," she said.

To prevent thousands from being uninsured, Obama announced the one-year extension on Thursday. He also said that Americans with cancelled plans can chose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.

Still, a one-year extension is not enough for Moreland's growing kids.

"It would be nice if it could just continue indefinitely," she said.
 
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