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Americans can now sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage

Ina Ronquillo, Laura Kittell

Americans can now sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage

By Ina Ronquillo, Laura Kittell. CREATED Oct 1, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 1, 2013

PHOENIX (KGUN9-TV/AP) - Arizonans without employer-provided health insurance are now able to shop for policies on a federally-run website, though the site is experiencing some technical difficulties.
   
The federal insurance marketplace launched Tuesday even with the shutdown of the federal government. 

The website healthcare.gov 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.

Beginning in 2014 Americans will be required to carry health insurance to avoid federal penalties for failure to secure coverage.

There are penalty exemptions for the undocumented, the incarcerated, and people with religious objections, making it unnecessary for those groups to secure health insurance from the federal insurance marketplace, or anywhere else.

A complete list of qualifying expemptions can be found at healthcare.gov/exemptions.
   
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.

In addition, several locations in Arizona have Affordable Care Act "Navigators" who are training to guide you through options and help you sign up.

You can find these "Navigators" at:

El Rio Community Health Center
Multiple locations--please call
520-670-3909
http://www.elrio.org/locations.html

Pima County Health Department
3950 S. Country Club Road
Ste. 100
Tucson, AZ 85714
(520) 243-7770
http://webcms.pima.gov/government/health_department/

St. Elizabeth's Health Center
140 W. Speedway Blvd. #100
Tucson, Arizona 85705
Telephone:  (520) 628-7871
http://www.ccs-soaz.org/St.-Elizabeth-s-Health-Center.html

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
823 E Speedway Blvd  Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 620-0005
http://www.tucsonhispanicchamber.org/

Tucson Urban League
2305 S Park Ave  Tucson, AZ 85713
(520) 791-9522
http://www.tucsonurbanleague.org/

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

330 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 200
Tucson, Arizona 85745
520.903.9000 phone
http://www.unitedwaytucson.org/
520.903.9000 phone

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