Alabama covered entirely by insurance exchange

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
Alabama should have no counties left out of a federally operated health
insurance exchange that's supposed to start Oct. 1.

The state
Insurance Department says Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and United
Healthcare have filed proposals for statewide coverage, and Humana has
proposed plans for 50 of the 67 counties. All three companies are
awaiting federal approval.

The federal government will operate the
exchange in Alabama because Gov. Robert Bentley was opposed to a
state-run exchange. He said he wants no part of the federal Affordable
Care Act. The federal government has awarded $2.4 million in grants to
13 Alabama organizations to help educate uninsured citizens about the
new options and get signed up.