More than 150K Arizonans bought health insurance

Posted at 9:19 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 11:19:58-05

More than 155,000 Arizonans have signed up for health insurance plans purchased through the federal marketplace.

Enrollment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department show just over 155,000 people paid for individual policies or were automatically re-enrolled as of Dec. 19.

The department reported in February that more than 200,000 residents had enrolled last year.

This year, 59,000 consumers had to change health insurance companies because of the Jan. 1 closure of Meritus Health Partners, the state's nonprofit co-op.

The decision came after the state Department of Insurance suspended its right to sell new policies or renew current ones.

Nationally, more than 8.2 million consumers have signed up for health coverage or had their plans automatically renewed.