PHOENIX — Arizonans without employer-provided health insurance are finally
able to shop for policies on a federally-run website.
The federal insurance marketplace launched Tuesday even with the shutdown of
the federal government. The website lets
individuals shop for different levels of insurance and see if they’re eligible
for subsidies to help pay some of the costs. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer opted not
to run a state exchange.
The website is having problems handling all the traffic, but there’s no reason
to rush — people can sign up as late as Dec. 15 and still have coverage in place
on Jan. 1.
The marketplaces are a key part of the Affordable Care Act that has led to
political gridlock in Washington. The Spanish language and small business
versions are delayed.