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Private groups pushed NC health policy enrollments

RALEIGH (AP) — Charities, hospitals and insurers that spent months promoting subsidized private health insurance in North Carolina are taking credit for the big enrollment results on a federal marketplace.

The Obama administration said this week almost 360,000 people enrolled in a private insurance plan on the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul law. That was topped only by California, Florida, Texas and New York.

The big response came despite state lawmakers rejecting a state-run health insurance marketplace and turning away almost $74 million in federal grant money to help build it.

A coalition of 40-plus hospitals, community health centers and social-safety-net organizations stepped in to get people to sign up. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and a national nonprofit invested into drawing people into plans.

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