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NC stays near top in paying for subsidized health plans with new decisions months away


RALEIGH, North Carolina — Nearly 460,000 North Carolina residents are paying for health insurance policies purchased under provisions of the federal overhaul law pushed by President Barack Obama.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday the number of North Carolina consumers with an active policy purchased through a health insurance marketplace trailed only California, Florida and Texas at the end of June. That's down from 492,000 at the end of March.

North Carolina trailed only Mississippi and Wyoming for the highest rate of consumers receiving subsidies, with 92 percent of policyholders qualifying for financial help to pay their premiums. Nine of the ten states with the highest rate of subsidized coverage had not expanded Medicaid programs to extend medical coverage to the poor, meaning that more qualified for subsidies.

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