AR deputy commissioner speaks on insurance marketplace - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

AR deputy commissioner speaks on insurance marketplace

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - State officials say more than 62,000 Arkansans have been approved for state health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The state has 71 plans available from four different insurance companies. However, availability depends on where someone lives. 

Central and northwest Arkansans have access to 41 insurance plans, where as northeast Arkansans only has 17 plans available. 

"Like many, the companies were taking a 'wait and see' attitude. So I think in future years, you'll see more plans and more companies," Cindy Crone, the Arkansas Insurance Department deputy commissioner, said. 

Crone said the state has been an innovator and leader with the exchange. She said 17 may sound like a small number, but it is important to look at the bigger picture.

"It's been political and it's been technical," Crone said.

The health care exchange launched Oct. 1. Crone said the biggest problem since then has been the national website.  

"It did not work as well as we hoped. We knew there would be some difficulties, but I don't think anybody anticipated this much,"Crone said. "The first three days that website had more traffic than Southwest Airlines has in a month."

However, Crone said the website should be working well by Dec. 1. 

"I would say to people, 'Keep trying.' And I know there's other ways. By phone, by mail, with in person assistors to get in," Crone said.

Here are other dates to watch for:

  • Dec. 15: If someone needs coverage by Jan. 1, this is the final day to enroll.
  • March 31: Individuals have until the 31st to enroll without a penalty. If they are still not covered by then, they will have to pay $95 or one percent of their income, what ever is higher, each month. That amount will go up each year.

"What we want is people to get covered and get health," Crone said. 

If you need help enrolling, visit the Health Insurance Marketplace's website and Enroll the Ridge!'s website.  

Copyright 2013 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Washed out road closed for repair in Craighead Co.

    Washed out road closed for repair in Craighead Co.

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-08-16 01:15:45 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 8:01 AM EDT2017-08-16 12:01:40 GMT

    According to Craighead County officials, the Craighead County Road Department will have CR 522 east of Hwy 139 closed throughout Tuesday night due to the road being repaired.

    According to Craighead County officials, the Craighead County Road Department will have CR 522 east of Hwy 139 closed throughout Tuesday night due to the road being repaired.

  • Jonesboro City Council discusses biking trails, rezoning request

    Jonesboro City Council discusses biking trails, rezoning request

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 11:37 PM EDT2017-08-16 03:37:40 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 12:07 AM EDT2017-08-16 04:07:25 GMT
    Jonesboro Municipal Center (Source: KAIT)Jonesboro Municipal Center (Source: KAIT)

    It was a busy agenda Tuesday night as the Jonesboro City Council discussed its master street plan, while a committee dealt with a rezoning proposal. 

    It was a busy agenda Tuesday night as the Jonesboro City Council discussed its master street plan, while a committee dealt with a rezoning proposal. 

  • Crimestoppers: Reward still available in copper theft

    Crimestoppers: Reward still available in copper theft

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 11:59 PM EDT2017-08-16 03:59:12 GMT
    Wednesday, August 16 2017 12:06 AM EDT2017-08-16 04:06:19 GMT
    David Spoon (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)David Spoon (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)

    Jonesboro police need the public’s help in finding two people with four warrants between them.

    Jonesboro police need the public’s help in finding two people with four warrants between them.

Powered by Frankly