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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s largest health insurer is asking for rate increases of between 16 percent and 24 percent to renew policies that would have been canceled for failing to meet minimum requirements under the federal overhaul law.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Tuesday it filed the necessary documents with the state Insurance Department that could allow up to 230,000 customers to keep their current coverage next year.

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said last week his agency will quickly review such requests. President Barack Obama last week announced companies can continue offering policies that don’t meet minimum requirements required by the federal health law.

The individual policies were being cancelled because they didn’t include coverage for pre-existing conditions, hospitalization, prescription drugs, and seven other basic benefits.

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  • Guest28451

    Can any supporters please justify his “Affordable Health Care Act”?

  • Guest2020

    Being currently unemployed and picking up work where ever he can, my husband estimated next year’s income to be $12,000. Under Obamacare’s unaffordable health care, we can get the bare minimum coverage for $700 per month. They consider it a good Thing that we won’t make enough to get penalized for not having healthcare. Thank you, Obama. That doesn’t help me to take my young’un to the doctor when she gets sick. It won’t help me to pay for her medicine. It won’t help us afford my husband’s COPD medicine. Luckily, Walmart offers my most important medication for $4 a month.

    I’ve paid income taxes for 27 years now. Before now, I was insured from the day I was born. I have been responsible for my own insurance for 22 years. I cannot afford insurance now. The people who have never carried insurance or worked a day in their lives will now have better access to healthcare than my family and me.

  • Guest, just another

    Let me get this straight, my plan wasn’t good enough, but if I pay more, it is?? WTF??? Seriously? This is a SCAM!!!

  • chacoptaco

    many people in this country assume that Canadian healthcare is free but that is not the case. my daughter and her husband and family live in Canada and their socialized medical care is NOT FREE! they pay a monthly rate which covers doctors visits and medicine but not dental and vision expenses. also, they have to wait weeks sometimes months to get an appointment with a specialist.

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