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About 122,000 Arizonans Signed Up Through Affordable Care Act's Exchange

About 122,000 Arizonans signed up for health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s exchange this year, according to new federal numbers.

Over 96,000 of those who signed up were in the Phoenix area. Like almost every county in the state, only one insurer was offering plans in Maricopa County this year.

Last week, the federal government extended the deadline to buy coverage starting next year by several days because so many people were signing up.

Since the health-care law went into effect, about 410,000 Arizonans have gained coverage, both through Medicaid expansion and the individual marketplace. That amounts to a 36 percent decrease in the uninsured rate since 2010.

Those who still want to get covered through HealthCare.gov have until the end of January to do so.

Will Stone grew up with the sounds of public radio. As a senior field correspondent, he strives to tell the same kind of powerful stories that got him into the business — whether that means trudging through some distant corner of the Sonoran Desert or uncovering an unknown injustice right down the street. Since joining the KJZZ newsroom in 2015, he has covered political scandals, fights over the future of energy, and efforts to care for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable communities. His pieces have also aired on national programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now and Marketplace. Before coming to KJZZ, he reported for public radio stations in Nevada and Connecticut. Stone received his degree in English literature from Haverford College, where he also wrote about the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia. After graduating, he interned at NPR West in Culver City, California, where he learned from some of the network’s veteran reporters and editors. When he doesn’t have a mic in hand, Stone enjoys climbing mountains, running through his central Phoenix neighborhood and shamelessly promoting his cat, Barry.