It's not clear how many Nebraskans will have their individual health insurance policies canceled because of Obamacare.
But in September, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska sent out 45,000 letters to individual policyholders telling them that their 2013 policies would end on Dec. 31, and offering new policies for coverage starting Jan. 1. Blue Cross accounts for about half of the Nebraskans who have health insurance.
Blue Cross spokesman Andy Williams said the letters were similar to renewal letters that the company sends out each year, but this year the old policies ended and new policies began.
The Blue Cross policies ending Dec. 31 did not comply with requirements of the Affordable Care Act. He said policyholders could choose any of 14 new policies that meet the law's standards.
For example, the new policies accept anyone who applies, while the old policies rejected some people who had a history of high medical costs. The old policies usually charged higher rates for women than men; the new policies are gender-neutral.
The requirements don't apply to group policies that cover people through their employers. Those policies generally remain in effect.