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NC state-run exchange numbers rising

Federal officials announced North Carolina is one of the states seeing enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act boost as residents seek coverage before the Dec. 23 deadline, according to the Charlotte Observer. 

Application numbers were dismal in October, the same month the marketplace was introduced, with only 1,600 North Carolinians seeking plans throughout the month. Those numbers were in stark contrast to the nearly 1 million shoppers expected to flood the North Carolina market, the Observer reported. However, website improvements have garnered an additional 7,308 customers in November, nearly four times as many enrollees as October, according to National Public Radio Charlotte affiliate WFAE.

A total of 9,000 residents have sought health insurance through the portal. According to the Observer, the state has the highest number of enrollees than any other Southern state. 

On the national scale, the Obama administration said they hope to enroll an additional 7 million citizens by March 31, 2014, which is when open enrollment ends, the Observer reported. 

“We think we’re on track and we will reach the total,” said Michael Hash, director of the office of health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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