RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolinians got their first look Thursday at the potential cost of getting health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare, WTVD reports.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina posted proposed premiums on its website Thursday morning. Rates range from a low of $145 to a high of $947 per month depending on the age of the customer and the level of coverage wanted.
Blue Cross said it plans to offer 26 different coverage plans.
The N.C. Department of Insurance has given health insurers until the beginning of October to post rate information. Nationally, starting Oct. 1, those who don't have health care coverage on the job can go to online insurance markets, also called exchanges, in their states to shop for a private plan and find out if they qualify for a tax credit. An estimated 4 out 5 consumers in the new markets will be eligible for some level of tax credit.
On Jan. 1, virtually all Americans will be required to have coverage, or face fines. At the same time, insurance companies will no longer be able to turn away people in poor health.
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