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Arizona Health Insurance

Health insurance today generally comes in two categories: individual and group. Those who opt for individual insurance are mostly self-employed, or are employed by a company that has no health plan in its kitty, or if they have a family and want individual insurance for their family members. If you decide to buy an individual plan, you have to pay premium every year and a deductible for each insured dependent, up to a base amount. If you purchase a group policy, you are required to pay an annual premium, co-payments payable at each medical service, and a deductible payable before insurance begins to make payments for your medical bills.

Health insurance providers in Arizona are not required to offer an individual health policy if the applicant has health problems. These companies are also allowed to withhold health insurance coverage on a pre-existing condition by the application of a rider.
For example, pregnancy can be considered a pre-existing condition, but the same cannot be applied in the case of genetic information. In the state of Arizona, individual health plans are not required to give credit for previous coverage on pre-existing conditions. There are, however, no curbs on the price of premiums for individual health insurance. Insurance in Arizona cannot be cancelled if you fall sick or meet with accident.

In Arizona, you can be eligible for group insurance in spite of a health problem. Moreover, your insurance cannot be cancelled from group insurance because of illness. If you happen to lose your group or individual health insurance, their conversion insurance policies will remain open to you for a period of 30 days. In the case of a pre-existing condition and if you are changing into a new group plan, there may be an exclusion period, normally not more than a year. You are entitled to creditable coverage if you have had continuous coverage, with no breaks of more than 63 days.

In Arizona, a small business owner with two to 50 employees cannot be turned down for group insurance due to the health of its employees. This is, however, not applicable for large business houses with a staff strength of 51 or more. In the case of a small group, your premiums can depend on the health of your employees, but your insurance cannot be cancelled due to the health of an employee. There are no restrictions on premium variances for big groups. Self-employed persons or large employers can apply for Healthcare Group of Arizona if they fulfill certain conditions.

As it is quite difficult to choose the right health insurance quotes, it is better if you do some homework before making the final decision. It is always advisable to seek the help of professional health insurance agents and brokers who are experts in this field. They are familiar with the market, understand all the rules and know the industry.

Among the leading health insurance providers in Arizona are Blue Shield of Arizona, Aetna, Celtic Health Insurance, Assurant (formerly Fortis), Health Net, Golden Rule Health Insurance, Humana Health Insurance, American Medical Security, PacifiCare and
Clarendon National.


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Do you think Arizona should do better by its citizens?
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To find US News rankings of a Arizona Health Insurance Plan, Click the logo:

An annual guide is provided by US News to what it considers the best health insurance plan(s) in each state. Click the links below to browse through the pages on a Arizona health insurance plan or health insurance company to view specific reports. Here are the links to commercial health insurance plans:

Aetna - Arizona (HMO, POS) AZ, NV
Blue Choice and Blue Select (HMO) AZ
CIGNA HealthCare of Arizona (HMO, POS) AZ, NM
Health Net of Arizona (HMO) AZ
Humana Health Plan - Arizona (HMO) AZ
PacifiCare of Arizona (HMO) AZ
United Healthcare of Arizona (HMO, POS)

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Official State Goverment Sites with Arizona Health Insurance Information

Arizona State Department of Health Services – Official government Web site for department responsible for health care services for Arizonans. – Español
Arizona Department of Health Services:
150 North 18th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
General and Public Information: (602) 542-1000; Fax: (602) 542-0883

Arizona State Department of Insurance main page. Resources for consumers, insurers and producers for Arizona health insurance or medical insurance.

Consumer Information from the Arizona State Department of Insurance - Health insurance topics and information geared specially for consumers.
For insurance questions/problems...
Phoenix Area: (602) 912-8444
Tucson Area: (520) 628-6370
Statewide: 1-800-325-2548


Arizona's Health Insurance for Children under Age 19. Through KidCare, Arizona's children under 19 can get medical, dental and vision services. To qualify, you must be a child age 18 or younger who is: a resident of Arizona; either a U.S. citizen or a qualified eligible immigrant - regardless of the status of the parents; not currently covered by other health insurance; and meets the KidsCare income requirements. Learn more.

Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (HCCCS) – Arizona’s Medicaid program, designed to deliver health care to Arizonans without means to pay for their own health insurance.

Get figures from the U.S.Census Bureau on Arizona population

Health insurance can be purchased in these various Arizona Cities: Ajo, Apache Junction, Avondale, Benson, Bisbee, Buckeye, Bullhead City,Camp Verde, Casa Grande, Cave Creek, Chandler, Chinle, Chino Valley, Coolidge, Cottonwood, Douglas, Flagstaff, Fort Defiance Fort Mohave, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Globe, Goodyear, Green Valley, Holbrook, Kayenta, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, Lakeside, Litchfield Park, Mesa, Mohave Valley, Nogales, Page, Paradise Valley, Parker, Payson, Peoria, Phoenix, Pinetop, Prescott, Prescott Valley, Quartzsite, Safford, Saint Johns, Scottsdale, Sedona, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Snowflake, Springerville, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Tempe, Tuba City, Tucson, Whiteriver, Wickenburg, Willcox, Window Rock, Winslow, Yuma Arizona counties where health insurance can be purchased: Apache County, Cochise County, Coconino County, Gila, Graham County, Greenlee County, La Paz County, Maricopa County, Mohave County, Navajo County, Pima County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz, Yavapai County and Yuma County


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