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Report: 739 Arizonans sign up for ‘Obamacare’ coverage

Obamacare affordable care act According to the federal government, fewer than 750 Arizonans have signed up for health insurance under the federal marketplace created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

A report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed that 17,220 applications from Arizona have been completed on, the federal website that has been plagued with problems since its Oct. 1 launch. Those applications cover 32,897 people.

Of those, only 739 Arizonans have selected a marketplace insurance plan. Nearly 21,000 of the applicants are eligible to enroll, and about a third of them – roughly 7,200 – qualify for subsidies to defray the cost. Another 11,339 of the applicants were directed to the state’s AHCCCS program because their income was too low to participate in the marketplace.

Arizona is one of 35 states that opted not to run its own marketplace, and instead ceded that job to the federal government. Nationwide, 846,000 applications were completed on the state- and federally run marketplaces for slightly more than 1.5 million people. Only 106,000 have chosen a private insurance plan from the marketplaces.


  1. Hello Jim – Nice piece. Can you clarify a point of confusion? You state that nationwide out of 846,000 applications nationwide for Obamacare coverage, only 106,000 have chosen a private insurance plan in the marketplace. Am I correct in assuming that the remaining applications were for the Medicaid expansion options available in participating states under the Affordable Care Act?

    John Newport
    Author, The Tucson Tragedy: Lessons from the Senseless Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords (Outskirts Press)

  2. John —

    Roughly 396,000 of the 1.5 million applicants were qualified for either Medicaid or CHIP (the health care option for children). Another 200,000 were characterized as “pending” because their eligibility for Medicaid or subsidies were still being evaluated. The remaining 800,000 or so people were unable to complete the process because of the website problems.

  3. The remaining 800.000 were either unable to complete the process due to the website problems OR decided not to purchase a plan on the exchange at all but had to fill out the application in order to see the prices of the plans, plan details, and what subsidies they might be eligible for.

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