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Arizona health care exchanges to add more options

More health insurers will be selling plans through the federal insurance exchanges in Arizona’s most populous county.

The Arizona Republic reports Maricopa County residents will have additional options for health insurance through the marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Four insurers confirmed they will offer plans on the Maricopa County exchange, according to the Republic. Those include Minnesota-based Bright Health; New York-based Oscar Health; Pennsylvania-based Cigna Health Insurance; and Tempe-based Ambetter from Arizona Complete Health (formerly Health Net of Arizona).

Last year, only one company, Ambetter, offered plans on the Maricopa County marketplace.

Residents in Pima County also will have more than one option on the health exchange, according to the Republic. Those are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Bright Health and Ambetter. 

The Affordable Care Act has long been a target of Republicans in Washington, with the GOP spending much of 2017 attempting to repeal the law. Despite heated rhetoric, the marketplaces have stabilized, with many analysts expecting prices to remain flat or fall across the country.

By Tim Allen
Phoenix Business Journal