Affordable Care Act

Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Affordable Healthcare Act In The Carolinas

Credit healthcare.gov

The Affordable Care Act goes into effect today. Regardless of one’s opinion on the act, we all need to know how it’s going to work, especially since both North and South Carolina have opted out of offering state marketplaces. And both states are not expanding Medicaid and Medicare. The federal government will run our state’s marketplace. What does the federal control of our marketplace imply? Where do we go to view and select our coverage options? How affordable will this be? What if we still can’t afford to insure ourselves, what will the consequences be? Join us for a discussion about how Obamacare will work in the Carolinas.

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Health
5:13 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Abortion Restrictions Take Effect

Credit NC General Assembly

Starting October 1, some women will have a harder time getting an abortion. That's because most parts of a controversial abortion bill take effect.

The abortion law passed this summer means that city and county employees will now have to pay for an abortion out-of-pocket because their insurance plans will no longer cover them.  

And other government insurance plans, like the health insurance exchange options offered through the Affordable Care Act, also can't cover abortions.

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Local News
7:19 am
Mon September 30, 2013

NC Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Tuesday: A Quick Primer

The health insurance marketplace that opens Tuesday will give North Carolinians a new way to shop for coverage.

The marketplace, or exchange, will be kind of like an Amazon.com for health insurance. It’s one website where you can compare the products of different companies.

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Local News
9:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

NC's Biggest Insurer Releases Health Insurance Premiums For Marketplace

North Carolinians who plan to sign up for health insurance online through the federal exchange, or marketplace, can now get an idea of how much it'll cost. But those costs are difficult to compare to current rates and tricky to compare to other states as well.

Blue Cross Blue Shield released information Thursday about premiums it'll charge on the marketplace. And a smaller insurer has released similar data.

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Local News
6:28 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Health Insurance Coming To A Strip Mall Near You

Soon you'll be able to shop for books, shoes, video games – and health insurance – all in the same shopping center. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening retail stores in a handful of strip malls.


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Local News
3:58 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

N.C. Insurance Companies Pay $10 Million In Rebates

Almost 200,000 North Carolinians will get reimbursed a tiny portion of what they paid in health insurance premiums last year. Insurance companies will pay back an average of $87 per family because of a requirement in the Affordable Care Act.

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act is to bring down the cost of insurance premiums, or at least keep them from rising as quickly.

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Local News
10:15 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Belmont Abbey Wins Contraceptive Ruling, In Blow to Health Care Reform

Belmont Abbey College participated in one of more than 40 cases around the country challenging the contraceptive mandate.
Credit Courtesy of Belmont Abbey College

Belmont Abbey College in Gaston County won a lawsuit against the “contraceptive mandate,” a section of the health care reform law requiring employer-provided insurance to offer free access to contraceptives, like birth control pills. Wednesday’s decision is part of a series of lawsuits around the country that could ultimately bring another piece of the law before the Supreme Court.

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