4 companies seek to cover uninsured Nebraskans

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Four companies intend to sell health insurance to Nebraskans who can't get coverage from their employers.

The companies are are reported to be Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska; Coventry Health Care, of Bethesda, Md.; CoOportunity, a cooperative health care provider in Iowa and Nebraska that was created with federal financing; and Health Alliance Midwest Inc., a managed care company from Urbana, Ill.

The companies' proposed rates, forms and plans are being reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Insurance, which is working federal authorities on compliance issues.

Starting in October, people who don't have health insurance through their workplaces will be required by the federal Affordable Care Act to buy coverage.

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