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Deadline Is Here For ACA Open Enrollment

Arizonans looking to buy health insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace must do so by the end of Tuesday, which is the deadline for enrollment.

Congress may be moving to repeal Obamacare, but the exchange is still open for people who want to get covered this year.

Data from earlier this month indicated that Arizona was on track to exceed its enrollment numbers from last year.

But since the inauguration and President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order to ease the economic and regulatory burdens of the law, interest in enrolling may have tapered off, say some Arizona navigators who help people sign up on healthcare.gov. 

They have also reported an unusually high number of cancellations.

This open enrollment season saw an exodus of insurers from Arizona’s marketplace and rising premiums.

However, supporters of the law point out that more than 500,000 Arizonans have gained coverage since 2010.

Gov. Doug Ducey has said he would like to see any repeal come with an immediate replacement.

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.