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Locals don’t have to use glitchy healthcare.gov to compare plans

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Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only insurance company offering health plans on the new marketplace in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the only insurance company offering health plans on the new marketplace in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – People living in Southeastern North Carolina wanting to compare insurance plans available on the new health insurance marketplace don't need to use the federal government's website that continues to be plagued with technical problems.

That's because only one insurance company – Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina – is offering marketplace plans in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

Darrin Overholt of JWB Insurance in Wilmington said that rather than going to the federal government's website, buyers can go directly to the Blue Cross website to estimate subsidies and to compare plans.

To actually purchase a plan on the marketplace, at least for now, people will still need to visit healthcare.gov. But users have until mid December to buy a plan that starts at the first of the year.

Overholt said he's received many questions about subsidies and how they will affect premiums. He said it's important that customers enter their modified adjusted gross income from their latest tax filings– not their gross income - into the online subsidy calculator.

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