The marketplace is unique in several ways in Pima County.
Local residents should expect lower premium increases and more choice than they had for coverage in 2017.
The enrollment period, which ends at midnight Dec. 15, is half the length of what it was last year, and federal dollars to market it have been slashed. Healthcare.gov is no longer expected to be running 24/7.
But the marketplace will still be offering health insurance plans with federal subsidies for 2018, and cost sharing reductions on silver level plans to help pay for them.
One company-Ambetter from Health Net-will sell plans on the marketplace to Pima County residents for 2018. Banner Health is going to be in network for Ambetter plans sold in Pima and Maricopa counties, company officials confirmed last week. Banner, which operates two local hospitals, in addition to clinics and urgent care centers, was not in the network in 2017.
Read the Seven Things Pima County Residents Need To Know as listed by The Arizona Daily Star