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Enrollment Events for Phoenix, Tucson, as ACA Deadline Looms

PHOTO: Arizonans can enroll for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act at events in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday, as the first open-enrollment deadline is Monday. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
PHOTO: Arizonans can enroll for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act at events in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday, as the first open-enrollment deadline is Monday. Image courtesy of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
December 12, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. - Events are planned in Phoenix and Tucson on Saturday to enroll people in health-insurance coverage as the first Affordable Care Act deadline looms.

Americans have until Monday to register for insurance if they want their policies to take effect Jan. 1.

Esteban Camarena, an outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood Arizona, one of the organizations sponsoring the Tucson Health and Wellness Fair, said a special focus this year is on reaching out to Spanish-speaking Arizonans.

"One of our focuses was having everything provided in a bilingual manner," he said. "Not only are we providing the flyers and the maps, and the registration in Spanish and English, but there's going to be assisters there that can help out in English or Spanish."

The Tucson event is to start at 11 a.m. Saturday at Los Ranchitos Community Center, 2054 E. Ginter Road. The Phoenix Enrollment Fair, sponsored by Enroll America, is to start at 9 a.m. Saturday at South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St.

All across the state, Camarena said, there is an ongoing need to help people learn about their options through the Affordable Care Act, and enroll.

"Just all of this terminology that is completely new - that is a huge component of enrollment," he said, "just educating - how to use your insurance, what are the next steps."

Open enrollment began Nov. 15 and ends on Feb. 15. Arizona is among the states that operate directly under the federal government's Health Insurance Marketplace. Some states created and now operate their own insurance exchanges.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ