PHOENIX - As the political fight over the Affordable Healthcare Act or ‘Obamacare’ rages on, it’s easy to forget that there are people counting on the services that the legislation provides. So the Let Joe Know team is helping sort out what is most important.
Allen Gjersvig with the Arizona Alliance of Community Health Center says 2018 will be very similar to 2017.
“The Affordable Care Act--the ACA--is the law of the land. In spite of all the political rhetoric and noise it'll be just like last year,” he says.
Gjersvig says subsidies for those who qualify will still be in place, and premiums will be relatively stable.
“Arizona will see some of the lowest premium increases in the country. In the rural counties, they're going down by about one percent. In the two big counties, they are going up by about two percent.” And he says nearly everyone will be able to keep their plan and their doctor, unlike last year.
“The two insurance companies have not changed their plans much and are still in the same counties,” he says.
One difference this year is the amount of time for enrollment. In years past people had several months to enroll in a plan—this year you’ll get about 6 weeks. Applications are being accepted November 1 through December 15.