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Blue Cross NC announces prices for ACA plans

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's largest health insurer is telling consumers how much it will charge individuals under terms of the Affordable Care Act.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield North Carolina announced Thursday that it will offer 26 plans on the health insurance exchange. Prices will range from as little as $145.18 for a 25-year-old subscriber to one of two catastrophic plans, up to nearly $594 for one of six plans for a 60-year-old.

A news release from the provider said catastrophic plans will have higher deductibles and will be available for consumers under age 30 and those who get what is described as "hardship exemptions."

Blue Cross has opened at least a half-dozen offices across the state to educate people about the ACA. It will begin enrollment in October.

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Why cant we just pay for

Why cant we just pay for what we need. I have no health insurance right now but just paid for a full medical exam with blood work and a few other tests. My provider gave me a 35% discount because I paid with cash. This should be my choice not the governments.

Really?

I am not defending the ACA or any Insurance company but $600 a month is not a bad rate for a 60 year old this of course depends on the co-pays and deductible. Without more details it is hard to determine which is bad and which is good. Is this a complete coverage with eye care and dental? You have to know ALL the details maybe bcbsnc can provide them.
Since this news outlet did not.
If you all knew what employers pay each month for full coverage insurance that does not sound too bad but then again you have to know all the details.
And remember the ACA is not about helping those whom already pay through the nose for insurance it's about relieving the government from paying for those whom do not have insurance and making the rest of us that have jobs and insurance pay for it. It is called redistribution of wealth and the first step towards socialism. (see Venezuela!) the next step is controlling natural resources and banking Oh Snap!
I guess they should have read the Bill

affordable insurance plans

This is a joke!! A 60 yr old, at least anyone I know, will definitely not be able to afford over $500 a month for insurance-that'll be half or more of any income they're likely to be bringing home. Affordable is $50 a month and even that's hard when it's an extra payment you're not used to.. If everyone is legally bound to buy insurance then it should be less just by virtue of the volume of insurance that will be sold.
Thank God I have insurance through work, right now-but that won't last forever.. I turn 60 next year and even though my husband and I are healthy people we might start feeling our age in the next year or two. If I were to lose my job for any reason at all, we would definitely not be able to afford insurance for both of us.

Is that per month????

Is that per month???? What's the difference between that and what they already offer?