front page story from the Raleigh N&O Sunday:
A massive population shift to subsidized insurance coverage – likely to exceed 1 million people in North Carolina – is underway as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The transformation is expected to be the biggest shakeup in the nation’s medical landscape since Medicare was introduced in 1965.
As the federal government and some states work to get the program up and running, it is becoming evident that North Carolinians will have limited options – at least in the first year of the program.
Out of more than a dozen insurers that now sell individual policies in the state, only three have applied to offer subsidized policies through the new federally run health insurance exchange. Only one of them, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s biggest insurance company, operates in all 100 counties.
Learn how to enroll under the Affordable Care Act: healthcare.gov