New program for health care

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There is some new help for the thousands of North Carolinians who have a hard time getting health insurance because of pre-existing medical problems.

The state has created a program to cover people who are considered high risk.

The Inclusive Health plan began enrollment in January.

Tuesday, officials held an event at the Betty Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital at New Hanover Regional Medical Center to help raise awareness.

Jill Notter could find no other option beyond catastrophic coverage after her Cobra plan ran out.  She says this program was an affordable option for her.

"For people who can't get health coverage, like me, this is the only option out there for them," said Notter.

There are an estimated 1.8 million uninsured people in North Carolina.

Program officials say there are more than 200,000 people eligible for the Inclusive Health plan.

For more information, click here or call (866) 665-2117.

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