Obamacare enrollment opens

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Open enrollment for Obamacare started Wednesday amid confusion that some fear could keep people from signing up. 

Jodi Leggitt with Planned Parenthood Arizona said Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and statements from President Donald Trump have given people the wrong impression. 

"Some of our folks believe that the ACA has been repealed," Leggitt said. 

There are over 800,000 Arizonans who get their insurance through the ACA and they now face a much shorter time frame to sign up. 

This year, the registration period was cut in half from 90 days to 45 days, meaning Americans face a Dec. 15 deadline. 

With the White House cutting the ACA's advertising budget by 90 percent, Allen Gersvig with the Arizona Association of Community Health Community Health Centers worries people will not get the message. 

"The fact it was open into January the last few years means some people would wait until after Christmas or after they filed their taxes in January to think about enrolling. Well, those options won't be there now," he said.
 
Health experts in the state also want to get the word out that premiums in Arizona have not changed much despite triple digit increases last year in some cases.

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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