- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The remaining two health insurers on North Carolina’s online marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act are taking another shot at proposing rates and regions where they will offer broadly subsidized health insurance policies.

State Insurance Department spokesman Colin Day said Thursday the agency let insurers Cigna and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina revise their plans. That’s due to the late decision last month by rival insurer Aetna to drop out of the state’s market.

A report by the Kaiser Family Foundation says Blue Cross could be the lone option for marketplace policies in 90 of the state’s 100 counties. The state’s largest health insurer had said it wants approval to raise premiums on marketplace policies by almost 19 percent. A spokesman won’t say if that was revised.

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