If you brought all the Arizonans together who signed up for Affordable Care Act (ACA) health coverage this year, you could fill University of Phoenix Stadium two-and-a-half times. 155,000 people enrolled for coverage according to statistics just released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to KNXV-TV, 59,000 people in our state had to change health insurance companies because of the upcoming (January 1st) closure of Meritus Health Partners, the state’s nonprofit co-op.
One added wrinkle in Arizona’s sign-up this year is the closing of a non-profit health-insurance co-op, Meritus Health Partners, which will shut operations Dec. 31. Meritus provided coverage for 59,000 Arizonans. Meritus customers can still choose a new plan during the last week of December and get coverage as of Jan. 1.
Days before open enrollment began Nov. 1, the Arizona Department of Insurance put Meritus under supervision and suspended the insurer’s ability to sell new policies or renew current ones. State regulators determined that the insurer did not have strong enough finances to last through 2016.
Nationally, more than 8.2 million people have signed up for ACA health coverage or had their plans automatically renewed. CoverAZ.org can help if you still have questions or need assistance with your health coverage. Remember – the penalty is much stiffer this year if you are uninsured after the final deadline on January 31st.
Share your thoughts on this year’s sign up numbers in our state. We’d love to hear what you think!