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Supreme Court decision doesn't stop Affordable Care signups

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Posted at 6:37 AM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 08:37:24-05

As the U.S. Supreme Court takes up the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it's also enrollment time for those who depend on the healthcare coverage.

Allen Gjersvig with the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers wants to make sure the politics and confusion do not keep people who need it from signing up.

"Even if the Supreme Court throws out the law in summer, you have a contract with a private company and they get to decide, not the government," he says.

Right now, Arizonans can sign up through healthcare.gov by Dec. 15.

"This year with COVID and so many people losing their employer coverage or having a decrease in family income, it's really the right time to take a look," Gjersvig says.

He says many Arizona counties now have more than one insurer to choose from, and Gjersvig says prices are stable.

He gives an example of a family of four in Maricopa County making up to $50,000 could get a benchmark Silver plan for $254 monthly. And that comes with just a $500 deductible.

Gjersvig says more than 800,000 Arizonans don't have health insurance -- many times it's because they think it's too expensive, but he says more than half of those people likely qualify for free or low-cost care.

Go to healthcare.gov to check out prices or enroll by Dec. 15.

You can get free help with enrollment through coveraz.org or by calling 800-377-3536.