PORTLAND -- Oregon's health insurers can extend canceled policies for individuals and small groups through the end of next year, according to an announcement by the state s insurance commissioner Friday.

The extension affects plans that would have been canceled because they didn't meet requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

President Obama apologized to those who lost their plans despite his promise that no one would have to give up a plan they liked.

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Washington's insurance commissioner said insurance companies there will not be allowed to extend their policies.

Six weeks after its launch date, the top communications officer for Oregon's insurance exchange said they still need more time to get the state s site working.

Amy Fauver of Cover Oregon is a guest this week on Straight Talk.

The Cover Oregon program has already cost Oregon taxpayers $300 million, including $4 million to hire workers to process paper applications until the site is up and running.

The system is not broken, Fauver said. This is not an IT system that is irreparably broken and needs to be scrapped. What we are is we are delayed. We simply ran out of time to do adequate testing.

The rest of Laural Porter s interview with Fauver will air on Straight Talk Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. on KGW Newschannel 8.

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