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With just a handful of days left in the open enrollment period, health care advocates are urging uninsured North Carolinians to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

On Thursday the White House announced that more than six million Americans have now signed up for coverage under Obamacare. In North Carolina that number tops 200,000 who have applied for private insurance through the federal health exchange. Ninety percent of those residents will qualify for financial assistance, according to Health and Human Services.

Sorien Schmidt, North Carolina’s director for Enroll America, joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss the fast-approaching March 31st deadline, and what the ACA means to people who now have health coverage for the first time.

For a preview of that radio interview, click below:
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Anna and Mark’s great story of how they finally got affordable health coverage is detailed in a post by Lauren Chesson at the NC Council of Churches.  Chesson describes how serious pre-existing health conditions eventually made health coverage completely unaffordable for these two self-employed professionals but, with the Affordable Care Act, they are now able to get quality coverage:

Unfortunately, the cost of premiums to cover Anna became so unmanageable that they had to drop her coverage, even though she also would be considered as having a pre-existing condition if they sought insurance in the future. They both waited eagerly for a year and a half for the implementation of the Health Insurance Marketplaces through the Affordable Care Act, when they could no longer be denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions and would have an opportunity to access a premium tax credit.  [Read the full post here.]

 

fact sheet scr shotToday the NC Justice Center released a new fact sheet titled “North Carolina’s Medicaid Choice: Options and Implications.”  The fact sheet gives a brief overview of the current national picture on state Medicaid expansion decisions to use federal money available under the Affordable Care Act.  It also gives more detail about who is in this coverage gap in NC and how other states – even states with very conservative leadership – are moving forward to improve coverage and care.

 

With just 13 days of open enrollment left, the White House is hoping to capitalize a bit on March Madness and get more uninsured Americans to sign-up for health care coverage.

On Monday the Obama administration launched an ACA bracket that includes their own Sweet 16 – that is “The 16 Sweetest Reasons to Get Covered.” Those reasons are accompanied by a collection of animated GIFs viewers can vote on while learning more about the Affordable Care Act and available subsidies.

The new site also features a You Tube video by UNC head basketball coach Roy Williams and Geno Auriemma, head coach of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team.

Watch their video below, and click here to visit the ACA bracket.

To date, more than 5 million Americans have already signed up for coverage through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace. The deadline to enroll for coverage this year is March 31st.

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