Federal insurance exchange in Ala. down to wire

— Alabamians hoping to find health insurance through a new federally
developed insurance marketplace won't get any details the insurance
options go online.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services reports it is working on completing the list of health
insurance plans that will be made public in October. That's when people
can begin signing up for coverage that will start Jan. 1. That gives the
uninsured a three-month window to comply with the Affordable Care Act's
mandate for individuals to have health insurance by Jan. 1 or face
penalties at tax time in April.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of
Alabama reports that its plans for the state have received federal
approval. United Healthcare and Humana say they are awaiting final word.


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