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RI Blue Cross launches health overhaul campaign

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Rhode Island's dominant insurer is partnering with Walgreens to educate consumers about the federal health care overhaul and how to access health insurance under it.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the pharmacy chain are doing a joint education campaign on the Affordable Care Act. Residents will be able to access information at Walgreens about the law and how to purchase coverage, including through new online marketplaces called exchanges.

Individuals and small businesses in Rhode Island will be able to shop for and buy insurance through a state-run exchange, HealthSource RI.

Most Americans will have to have insurance as of Jan. 1. Many will be able to qualify for subsidies through the exchanges.

Blue Cross is also launching a microsite with resources on the health care overhaul.