Health Insurance

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.

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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Fast cars, greasy food, cold beer and a health insurance quote. Racing fans could find all those things Saturday at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Blue Cross Blue Shield set up shop at the NASCAR race to tell people about how health care laws are changing, and find new customers in the process.

Just past a booth selling Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine, the smells of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and Bojangles’ fried chicken mix together right before you come across North Carolina’s largest health insurance company.

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Film and TV producers lobby to keep N.C. incentives

Aug 11, 2013

Film and TV producers are warning that North Carolina could lose thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment if it doesn't extend a state incentive program set to expire at the end of 2014. The Motion Picture Association of America wrote to state officials four days before the Legislature adjourned recently, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

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North Carolina has taken one of the last steps in setting up a new online marketplace for health insurance plans, a cornerstone of the president’s health care law. The state’s Department of Insurance announced Tuesday it has approved the rates health insurance companies can charge on the marketplace, but it will not release those rates.

  President Obama has been re-elected and his Affordable Care Act has survived a Supreme Court battle. Now what? Leaders in each state have decisions to make in terms of whether to set up certain aspects of the plan such as exchanges and expanded Medicaid or let the federal government do that for them. Some states continue to resist aspects of the plan and many are weighing the decision to join lawsuits from other states. Newly elected Governor Pat McCrory faces such decisions and we’ll look at the likely choices he’ll make. Obamacare is here and we’ll find out the latest news when Charlotte Talks.

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The largest insurance provider in South Carolina, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, and the state's Medicaid program will no longer cover the cost of deliveries for women who choose to give birth early for non-medical reasons.

BCBSNC To Help 750 Docs Go Digital

Sep 28, 2011

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Wednesday said it will spend $15 million helping independent physicians and free health clinics go high-tech. 

NC uninsured rate growing fastest in nation

Mar 25, 2009

North Carolina health researchers today released new estimates that show a direct link between rising unemployment rates and the number of people without health insurance. They now estimate more than 20 percent of people in North Carolina are uninsured.