NC Get Covered is a statewide, non-partisan initiative that convenes and educates diverse organizations interested in connecting North Carolinians to health coverage. Our coalition partners include community-based organizations, enrollment assisters, health insurance carriers, agents and brokers, health care providers, hospitals, faith organizations, community health centers and more.
If you wish to join us in this important effort to help North Carolinians get covered and stay covered, please click here.
In February 2013, a group of 40 organizations met to discuss North Carolina’s participation in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, as our state opted not to create its own health benefit exchange under the Affordable Care Act.
Within six months, this group of 40 organizations grew to nearly 100 and became known as the “Big Tent.” Big Tent meetings were held on a biweekly basis and provided a forum for concerned organizations and advocates to interact with each other and discuss the implementation of ACA policies, regulations and programs in North Carolina.
In April 2013, federal funding became available to community groups that wanted to engage in ACA work. Select members of the Big Tent coalesced to become the North Carolina Navigator Consortium and received $1.9 million to assist uninsured North Carolinians with enrolling in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace. This award was the fourth highest in the country.
In 2014, with generous support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the Big Tent was able to create a more formal infrastructure, called NC Get Covered, and hire two full-time staff. Care Share Health Alliance, a non-profit organization that works with state and local partners to improve underserved population’s access to care and overall health, serves as NC Get Covered’s administrative home. To learn more about Care Share, click here.