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In North Carolina, 479,748 People Covered Through Health Insurance Marketplace, Deadline To Enroll Feb. 15

Feb. 9, 2015. Nearly 7.5 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the HealthCare.gov platform as of Jan. 30, 2015, including 479,748 in North Carolina.

The Weekly Enrollment Snapshot for the first time also includes people who selected a plan or were automatically reenrolled within select Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). This localized data provides another level of detail to better understand total plan selections within local communities ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline.  As of Jan. 30 –

  • 122,837 consumers in the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan
  • 60,182 consumers in the Raleigh, NC local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan
  • 53,801 consumers in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan
  • 38,746 consumers in the Greensboro-High Point, NC local area selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan

“There are just nine days before the February 15 deadline and the end of this year’s Open Enrollment,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. “Time is running out. Consumers should shop at HealthCare.gov for an affordable plan that fits their budget and health needs and join the 479,748 individuals in North Carolina who have signed up to date. 92 percent of North Carolina consumers who have signed up for coverage qualify for financial assistance to help lower the cost of their premiums.”

MSAs are geographic areas designated by the Office of Management and Budget and have populations of at least 50,000. A number of MSAs cross state lines. In the cases where MSAs cross into states using their own enrollment platforms, only data from the portions of the MSA using the HealthCare.gov platform are included.

Five Facts about Open Enrollment in North Carolina:

Since Open Enrollment began on Nov. 15, 479,748 North Carolina consumers have selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled.

In the first two months of Open Enrollment, 92 percent of North Carolina consumers who selected health insurance plans were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums.

In North Carolina, consumers can choose from 3 issuers in the Marketplace in 2015 – up from 2 in 2014.

North Carolina consumers can choose from an average of 26 health plans in their county for 2015 coverage – up from 18 in 2014.

85 percent of North Carolina Marketplace enrollees as of Dec. 2014 could obtain coverage for $100 or less after any applicable tax credits in 2015.

Help is available:

We’re working to meet consumers where they are, whether that’s online, over the phone or in person.

Online: Information is available at HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov.

By Phone: Marketplace call center representatives are available to help all day, every day at 1-800-318-2596. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Assistance is available in 150 languages. The call is free.

In person: Consumers can find local help at by visiting:Localhelp.healthcare.gov 

About the Health Insurance Marketplace:

Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace for 2015 began Nov. 15, 2014, and runs through Feb. 15, 2015. Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov to review and compare health plan options and find out if they are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs when receiving services.

To sign up for individual and family coverage, visit: https://www.healthcare.gov/apply-and-enroll/

For more information about Health Insurance Marketplaces, visit: www.healthcare.gov/marketplace