Federal insurance exchange in Ala. down to wire

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians hoping to find health insurance through a new federally developed insurance marketplace won't get any details until 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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