Affordable Care Act

Local News
10:32 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Insurance Commissioner Goodwin Discusses Obama's Extension Of Canceled Health Policies

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin

By now you probably know that President Obama has offered a temporary fix for people whose health insurance companies have canceled their policies because they didn’t meet the minimum standards of the Affordable Care Act. You can keep your policies for another year if insurance companies are willing to still offer the plans, and if state insurance regulators are OK with it. North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says he is. He joined President Obama and other insurance commissioners at the White House this week, and he joined WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt on Morning Edition.


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Local News
5:08 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

NC Regulators Encourage Health Insurers To Extend Some Policies

North Carolina insurance regulators say they plan to expedite the rate review process in order to prevent thousands of state residents from losing their individual health plans.  Insurers were terminating those policies because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  But President Obama pledged this week to allow people to hold onto their current policies for another year. 

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says usually the whole review takes several months, but his office will only have a few weeks to go through the plans.  

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Local News
5:34 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

About 2,200 People Get Through Health Insurance Marketplace In NC, SC

Credit healthcare.gov

In the Carolinas, about 2,200 people have signed up for health insurance through the new federal marketplace, or exchange.  That's according to federal data released Wednesday.

So the marketplace that's part of the Affordable Care Act is kind of working.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Affordable Care Act Update

Healthcare.gov
Credit healthcare.gov

It's been a little over a month since President Obama's key piece of legislation: the Affordable Care Act went LIVE on the web. Well, it went live but didn't really work at first. And now, it kind of works. Since healthcare.gov launched, there have been plenty of discussions and discoveries about just how affordable insurance will be, who qualifies, those who fall into the coverage hole,’ and much more. We are going to look back on the past month with professionals and experts who have been working directly with the public. And we will get more clarity about the relationship between Carolinas Healthcare System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. Join us for an update on the Affordable Care Act in North Carolina.

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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.


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