Some families in North Carolina that don't have health insurance right now could get covered with federal funding headed to the state.
North Carolina will receive $17.5 million over five years from the federal government to develop a way for low-income parents to get health insurance. North Carolina is one of 13 states chosen for the grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plan is designed to cover 15-hundred working families who have enrolled their children in public or private insurance or applied for it. The state will develop insurance that provides limited benefits to parents, who will have to pay a premium and co-payments. The state ultimately wants to work with private insurers to offer insurance plans to small businesses. New census data show North Carolina has 1.5 million uninsured residents.