The health policy extension fight continues to split state insurance commissioners, create divisions within states and keep analysts busy.

Members of the board of Covered California voted unanimously Thursday to stick to a decision to ask carriers to cancel all policies that fail to meet Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act quality standards by Dec. 31, 2013. The PPACA standards are set to take effect Jan. 1.

California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones had asked carriers in the state to let individual and small-group policies that fail to meet PPACA standards stay in place in 2014, in accord with a non-PPACA policy extension proposal the Obama administration released last week. 

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.