Goodwin vows quick approvals for new health plans

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 03:39 PM

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin says his agency will expedite a review of 2014 health plans following President Obama's announcement that companies could continue offering policies that don't meet minimum requirements under the Affordable Care Act.

Goodwin said Friday his office had gotten angry calls from some of the more than 473,000 state residents notified by their insurers that their policies will be terminated at the end of the year. Customers are often not told how their current policies fall short under the new law, which requires coverage for pre-existing conditions, hospitalization, prescription drugs and maternity care.

Goodwin says that like many consumers, he is frustrated by the shifting federal requirements. He says his staff will work with insurers to provide North Carolinians with as many options as possible.