NC panel gives first OK to health insurance market

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Submitted: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 7:27pm
Updated: Tue, 05/10/2011 - 7:29pm

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation to create a marketplace of private health plans for people who now have the hardest time finding coverage.

The House Insurance Committee gave bipartisan approval Tuesday to a bill that would create a health benefits exchange as required under the federal health overhaul law. Consumer advocates complain the language is too favorable to insurance companies who will limit the exchange to protect their profits.

The committee adopted changes that slightly lessen the power of business interests on the board overseeing the health insurance marketplace.

The measure’s long road next leads to House budget writers, who want to make sure the marketplace can fund its own activities and won’t rely on regular taxpayer funding.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • phil r says:

    with the State risk pool, and now the federal risk pool, no one should have problem finding or qualifying for health insurance. seems kind of redundant, unless this is for those people that dont want to PAY for insurance. if they dont have health conditions, any decent broker that carries more than one company should be able to find something for them

    if you’re in NC and need help with health insurance, look me up at

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