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By: Joel T. Vernile
Going for the bronze: Advocates push low- to no-cost ACA health plans
WASHINGTON – With one week left to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, advocates are urging Arizona consumers to “window shop” for insurance plans that may be cheaper than they expected or, in some cases, essentially free.
“People don’t know about the discounts until they try,” said Allen Gjersvig, director of navigator and enrollment for the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers. “We need to combat the idea that, ‘It’s unaffordable to me.’”
The push by advocates comes against a looming Dec. 15 deadline to enroll for 2018 health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It also follows months of efforts by the White House and congressional Republicans to kill or weaken the ACA and, for Arizonans at least, follows a year in which they saw premiums more than double, a 116 percent average increase that was the highest in the country.