North Carolina health insurance risk pool

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A state-sponsored insurance pool that offers coverage to the riskiest patients is beginning operations.

The North Carolina health insurance risk pool only has a couple hundred people approved for coverage, and only about 500 North Carolina residents have applied since it opened in October.

But program executive director Michael Keogh said enrollments have been accelerating.

Keogh said he thinks there are up to 180,000 people who may be eligible in the state.

People can qualify if they don't have employer coverage and have pre-existing conditions that make private insurance too costly.

For more information and to find out if you qualify, click here.