Professor Mark Hall comments on private exchanges regarding healthcare in Winston-Salem Journal

Persistent glitches with signing up for the federal health exchange has the top executive of North Carolina’s insurance outlet for people with pre-existing conditions advising customers to pursue offline assistance.

Inclusive Health debuted in July 2010 to serve as an insurance bridge until the federal health exchange became available through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on Jan. 1, 2014.

At last count, it had about 10,000 customers, according to executive director Michael Keough. The coverage is set to expire Dec. 31 as funding provided by the General Assembly expires.
Inclusive Health’s coverage was aimed at individuals locked out of the private-insurance market or government programs, such as Medicare or Medicaid. It offered savings of more than $100 a month over other options, although it typically required a substantial deductible.

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