Pima County identified as having the lowest premiums throughout 34 states with federally run health exchangesby Pima County News on Oct. 25, 2013, under Health, Pima County, Southern Arizona
An analysis by the New York Times of roughly 2,500 counties in 34 states that are served by federal health exchanges, determined that Pima County has the lowest monthly premium for a hypothetical 50-year-old resident exploring silver plans – the cheapest of four plan options offered on the exchange.
The analysis determined that areas with the most competition had the lowest premiums. With eight insurers competing locally in Pima County, the monthly silver premium runs about $235.
“At least 20 percent of Pima County residents are uninsured. And even though Pima County as an entity has no role in the implementation of the law, this analysis is very good news because it appears there will be affordable options for these folks to obtain coverage,” said Pima County Health Director Francisco García.
García noted that obtaining coverage won’t just help families comply with the new law, but will provide an important safety net as well.
“You can’t plan for being sick, so insurance helps protect against high, unexpected costs,” he said. “And it also helps make preventive care more affordable to make sure people have a better chance at staying healthier longer.”
Although Pima County is not implementing the law, it has created a website to provide consumers with information to get started, at www.pima.gov/aca