The White House is easing the rules concerning the federal healthcare law, saying now that the millions of people who have had their insurance policies canceled can buy minimum health coverage or completely avoid the requirement that most Americans have health insurance. The announcement Thursday came just four days before the December 23rd deadline for people to pick coverage which would begin on New Year's Day or face penalties.
If you are still shopping for coverage, Kara Hughes with the Madison County Health Department says you may find some deals out there even if you are currently covered but your premiums spike.
Back to the federal easing of the rules - federal health officials say the new rules will permit anyone whose coverage is being canceled to claim a "hardship exemption." They can do so if they believe the health offerings sold via the new federal and state marketplaces are more costly.