Comm. Goodwin Says He's Expediting Insurance Review Process

3:44 PM, Nov 15, 2013   |    comments
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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians who lost their health insurance plans might be one step closer to getting them back.

"I'm calling on our health insurers to take advantage of this opportunity, and I've directed my staff to do what is necessary to make sure that insurers can allow their policyholders to keep their plan for another year," said NC Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.

Before insurance providers can offer plans, they must get their rates approved by the NCDOI.

Goodwin says he is allowing for an expedited review process so insurance companies can quickly establish their rates, and offer plans that would have otherwise been canceled.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina announced Friday they will file new plans with NCDOI in the next few days.  

"Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is currently exploring options that may provide relief to customers who were faced with losing a health plan they liked. We expect to file plans with the North Carolina Department of Insurance in the next few days. We expect to have more details to share next week and will continue to keep you updated through our website, and through social media. Thank you for being a valued Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina member."  

Thursday, President Barack Obama announced a plan to allow insurance providers to offer plans that would otherwise have been canceled because of the Affordable Care Act. 

READ: Obama Announces Plan to Allow Insurance Companies to Extend Plans 

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