- Associated Press - Thursday, September 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A group of 14 health care, social service and legal aid organizations has received more than $2.6 million in federal funding to help North Carolina residents sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

Officials with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Wednesday that the N.C. Navigator Consortium will receive the grant to help consumers sign up during the open enrollment period for 2015-2016.

Legal Aid of North Carolina will administer the grant. Officials say the grant will fund about 250 navigators who will help consumers determine which plan works best for them, apply for financial help and complete their enrollment.

They say the average cost for North Carolinians enrolled in a health insurance plan under the ACA and receiving financial assistance is $95 a month.

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