The Governing Board of the North Carolina Council of Churches has voted unanimously to join the Citizens for Responsible Health Care Coalition — a diverse group of non-profits who will advocate for consumers in the formation of the Health Benefits Exchange (also sometimes called the Competitive Health Insurance Marketplace). HBEs are a critical part of the federal health care reform legislation passed last spring. This coalition will have two principles — real competition with meaningful choice as well as credibility and independence. The coalition believes that to preserve impartiality and prevent conflicts of interest in the HBE, insurance companies will not be allowed to serve on its governing board.
–Sandy Irving, Volunteer for Healthcare Reform