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Tuesday’s appeals court rulings on the Affordable Care Act “don’t change anything” for North Carolina, said Sorien Schmidt, state director of Get Covered America, a national campaign to educate uninsured consumers about the availability of health insurance through the 2010 law.

UnitedHealthcare became the third health insurer this week to propose entering the federal insurance marketplace in North Carolina. The move would expand choice and increase competition here but not enough to prevent rates from climbing.

The number of uninsured Charlotte residents could drop by 36 percent, or 63,000, by 2016 because of Affordable Care Act provisions that extend health insurance coverage to more Americans, according to a report released Thursday.

A North Carolina legislative proposal to limit the Affordable Care Act ran into trouble because it would kill a proposal to expand health insurance coverage for autism.

Blue Cross signed up 232,000 under the Affordable Care Act as NC enrollments skew toward sicker, older customers.

North Carolina enrollments for health insurance surged to 357,000 as tens of thousands of residents signed up for subsidized coverage in the final weeks of eligibility, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Thursday.

North Carolina’s well-organized, grass-roots effort to enroll the uninsured has attracted national attention for its effectiveness despite decisions by state lawmakers to resist implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Despite a disastrous rollout for the Affordable Care Act, a surge of Americans enrolled in health insurance as Monday’s deadline approached.

Student-athletes from Charlotte-area high schools can get free athletic screenings, with extra attention to undetected heart problems, on four Saturdays in May and June.

Assistance with enrollment in health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act’s online marketplace will be available at two events in Charlotte this weekend. Navigators and other counselors will be available to answer questions and assist with applications on a first-come, first-served basis.


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