Briefly: Oregon's Health Insurance Enrollment Lags By 15 percent
Oregon’s enrollment in health insurance for people without Medicare, Medicaid or job-based coverage is lagging by 15 percent.
The deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage is at the end of Saturday. As of Wednesday, about 73,000 people in Oregon had enrolled. That’s about 15 percent fewer than at the same time last year.
Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, told a legislative meeting in Salem that she expects a deluge of demand through Saturday.
“Some people do tend to wait,” she said.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also warned Wednesday of stepped-up demand. It said its website experienced a delay this week but largely kept up with demand. There has also been a heavy volume of calls. Anyone who calls 800-318-2596 or, for the hearing impaired, 855-889-4325, by Saturday will be able to enroll though they might be asked to leave their contact information and have an official call them back before Jan. 1.
The only way to get a subsidy is through the federal marketplace.
You can reach Lynne Terry at [email protected].