NC Starts Testing What Health Law Means For People

With the central feature of the federal health overhaul law set to take effect, North Carolina residents' need to know what it means to them is hitting high gear.

The federal government will operate North Carolina's online marketplace for private insurance that launches on Tuesday because state officials refused. So did those in 35 other states.

That's left the task of telling people what they need to do and finding them the best deal to nonprofit and community group meetings in church halls and backyard gatherings

The law's critics are pushing back with television ads and their own in-person campaign.

The law requires that most people for the first time will be required to buy their own coverage if it's not provided by their employers.