Gov't says less than 500,000 people with cancelled health plans lack other coverage

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration says less than a half million people whose health insurance has been cancelled in recent months have not signed up for other coverage.

Officials say that number could shrink in the coming days. People have until Dec. 23 to purchase insurance and ensure they have no gap in coverage when their current plans expire at the end of the month.

The cancellations have become a nagging problem for the White House. President Barack Obama repeatedly promised that people who liked their insurance could keep it under the new health law.

However, more than 4 million people had their plans cancelled because they didn’t meet the law’s new requirements. Some of those people are purchasing new plans through their insurance company or the government exchanges.