My hubby grew up in Raleigh, NC and still has a friend there from childhood. Recently he had to get some short term health insurance NC when he was between jobs. But he said that it really was not too expensive. It was better and cheaper than having to get the COBRA plan through his old job. I was really glad to hear this. Not that my hubby will be going anywhere any time soon, as he already has a really good job right now.