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Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013 2:38 pm | Updated: 9:54 pm, Mon Nov 18, 2013.

DETROIT (AP) — President Barack Obama's top health care official says the number of people wanting to keep insurance policies that were canceled because of the federal health overhaul is small. But Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) says those people have valid concerns that the administration is addressing.

Sebelius today visited a Detroit health clinic, where she sought to reassure the public that the troubled federal insurance website will be much improved by the end of November.

Obama yesterday said his administration will no longer require insurers to get rid of plans that fall short of minimum coverage standards. People currently covered by those plans would be able to keep them for another year.

Sebelius says that strikes a balance -- ultimately steering those people to plans with more comprehensive coverage, but also recognizing that residents who don't qualify for tax subsidies on the exchange may be at a financial disadvantage.

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APPHOTO MIPS106: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Sebelius says she's confident a troubled federal website will work much better by month's end so people can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (15 Nov 2013)

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APPHOTO MIPS104: United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, standing, visits with Maria Romo, seated at left, and Maria Gonzalez talk during a visit to the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Sebelius says she's confident a troubled federal website will work much better by month's end so people can sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) (15 Nov 2013)

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