Dec 22, 2013 4:18 PM by Associated Press

Lower health subsides expected in 3 Ariz. counties

PHOENIX - People living in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal counties are expected to get less in health insurance subsidies than most consumers in the 36 states that use the federal marketplace created under the nation's new health care law.

An analysis by The Arizona Republic found that the calculations used to determine the subsidies are driven in Arizona by a single insurer that charges much less than other companies.

The difference in the amount Arizonans will get compared with consumers in other states could be significant.

According to the consumer-information website Value Penguin, a non-smoking 27-year-old Tucson resident who earns $25,000 a year won't get any subsidy.

But a person of the same age and income in Cheyenne, Wyo., qualifies for more than $2,100 per year.


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