Fears that people with health insurance would lose coverage due to noncompliance plan cancellations apparently have not materialized — at least not to the extent some predicted.

A study by the Urban Institute, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, delved into the question of how many people who were covered under small group plans received cancellation notices in 2014 from plan administrators because coverage didn't meet the minimum essential coverage requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

While the researchers admitted pinning down an exact number was difficult, their methodology did produce what they considered to be a good estimate.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.