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Help on the new health care law

Where to get help

North Carolina navigators and certified application counselors:

•  855-733-3711 toll-free number for anyone in the state to make appointments for one-on-one assistance from navigators or certified application counselors.

• North Carolina MedAssist: 704-536-1790, www.medassist.org.

• Legal Services of the Southern Piedmont: 704-376-1600, www.lssp.org.

• C.W. Williams Community Health Center: 704-393-7720, www.cwwilliams.org.

• Novant Health will have financial assistants available at two workshops for walk-in visitors: 1-5 p.m. Nov. 6 at the BB&T building, 108 Providence Road in Charlotte, and 3-7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Salisbury.

• Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will open two Charlotte stores, near Northlake Mall and in south Charlotte, in mid-October. They will be staffed by agents and customer service representatives.

Other information:

• Kaiser Family Foundation: Offers a “subsidy calculator,” an animated video in English and Spanish, and other information about the Affordable Care Act, http://kff.org/health-reform/.

• Families USA: www.familiesusa.org.

• North Carolina Department of Insurance: www.ncdoi.com.

Sources: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, healthcare.gov, Kaiser Family Foundation.

South Carolina

South Carolina has 731,000 uninsured residents, and about 418,000 will be eligible for subsidies.

To enroll, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596.

Four private insurance companies – BlueCross BlueShield of S.C., BlueChoice, Consumers’ Choice Health Plan and Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas – are offering plans on the exchange.

For breaking news, FAQs and more: www.charlotteobserver.com/healthcareact.

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