Extra time to get Jan. 1 health insurance coverage
(Salem) – Oregonians who buy health insurance through HealthCare.gov have extra time—but not much—to choose a plan and have coverage start on January 1, 2017. Monday, December 19 at 11:59 p.m. PST is the new deadline.
The best time to shop for a plan at HealthCare.gov is now. Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans. Most consumers who already have insurance through HealthCare.gov or directly through an insurance company will be re-enrolled in their same plan if they do not act by the deadline.
“Comparing plans, whether you were covered last year or not, will help make sure the plan you get is the one that’s best for you and your budget,” said Berri Leslie, administrator of Oregon’s Health Insurance Marketplace.
Of the nearly 132,000 Oregonians enrolled in individual coverage on the Marketplace in 2016, about 95,000 of those consumers received financial help. The average premium tax credit they received was $250 per month.
To start shopping for plans, visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (toll-free) (TTY: 1-855-889-4325).
The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace offers general information for consumers through a local service center, which can be reached by calling 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by email [email protected]
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