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More than 72,000 Arizonans choose new health insurance policies, nearly half for 1st time


PHOENIX — More than 72,000 Arizonans chose new health insurance plans in the first month of open enrollment in the federal insurance marketplace, nearly half for the first time.

The enrollment figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department show more than three-quarters of those choosing plans were eligible for financial assistance.

The report showed enrollment from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15.

About 120,000 Arizonans signed up during the first open enrollment period that ended in March. Less than half of them chose a new plan and will be automatically re-enrolled in their current plan for the coming year. But they may lose some subsidies if their plan is no longer the federal benchmark plan for cost.

New and current customers can re-enroll or change plans through Feb. 15.

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