Steady flow of Arizonans seek health insurance - Tucson News Now

Steady flow of Arizonans seek health insurance

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PHOENIX (AP) - Organizations working to help Arizona residents enroll in health insurance plans on the federal exchange say a steady flow of people continue signing up as the midnight Tuesday deadline loomed to get coverage that starts Jan. 1.

While current numbers for the state weren't available, about 20 percent of Arizonans don't have insurance, but at least 300,000 are expected to get Medicaid coverage starting Jan. 1. That leaves about 700,000 people without insurance, many eligible to buy it through the exchange.

As of Nov. 30, 3,600 Arizonans had chosen plans through the marketplace, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Obama administration extended Monday's deadline for signing up for health insurance by a day, giving Americans in 36 states served by the federal site more time to select a plan.

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