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