Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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NC seeks federal grant for online insurance market


RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials are seeking federal funds to help pay the costs of setting up a new one-stop shop to help people buy affordable health insurance.

Insurance Department spokeswoman Kerry Hall said Thursday the state was finalizing a grant application to defray the cost of setting up a marketplace of private health plans for those who now have the hardest time finding coverage.

Hall says the grant application would help with management and consumer assistance costs, and the Department of Health and Human Services with computer costs. The deadline to apply for the grant is Thursday.

Gov. Beverly Perdue must decide by Friday whether North Carolina, the federal government, or a partnership between the two will run the state's health insurance market required by the Affordable Care Act.