Health Secretary urging NC residents to sign up for health care

Health Secretary urging NC residents to sign up for health care

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by ANN SHERIDAN / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 6:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The push is on. There are now three more weeks to sign up for health care through the government website and the Secretary of Health and Human Services is making a push for those still not signed up to go the government's website and compare plans.

"We've got 1.3 million residents in North Carolina with no insurance at all," said Kathleen Sebelius.

Sebilius' push didn't stop by targeting North Carolinians when she spoke to NBC Charlotte.

There are about 236,000 uninsured and eligible in the Charlotte area Sebilius said.

But with her push, Sebelius also had a message for the Governor of North Carolina. She told NBC Charlotte that North Carolina is losing close to #11 million a day in federal aid that would help the state pay for the cost of the uninsured and those who are working in North Carolina but still don't have health coverage.

"We're hopeful that North Carolina, like 32 other states, will take a look at the return on investment and decide this is a good deal for the residents of North Carolina," she said.

NBC Charlotte reached out to the Governor's office. Governor Pat McCrory said in a written statement, "At this time no, we will not expand Medicaid, but I keep the door open for all options in the future. My goal is to initially fix the existing system and that existing system is not fixed at this point in time. I'm always up to reevaluating decisions in the past and deciding what's best in the future, but right now that's not in the cards."

You can find out more about health care options offered in through the affordable care act by going to healthcare.gov/

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