Health Insurance Enrollment Continues Climbing

The repeal of Obamcare means that 45,000 jobs in Oregon will be lost.

Despite attempts by President-elect Trump to repeal and replace Obamacare, enrollment in Oregon is higher than ever before, and people have until Jan. 31 to sign up.

The latest enrollment figures show that 148,978 Oregonians had chosen coverage by Dec. 31, compared to 147,109 the previous year, according to Elizabeth Cronen, communications and legislative manager for the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. Cronen anticipates releasing updated enrollment numbers in a few days.

According to data released by HHS, the Oregon consumers who had enrolled as of Dec. 24 included:

  • 81,936 female and 67,042 male Oregonians
  • 12,863 children, 35,942 adults age 18-34, 51,573 adults age 35-54, and 48,600 older Oregonians
  • 33,507 rural Oregonians
  • 35,779 new and 113,199 returning consumers

“With more than 11.5 million people signed up nationwide, demand for health coverage is higher than ever, and Oregonians are proving once again that Marketplace coverage is vital to them and their families,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Most consumers can find a plan for less than $75 per month in premiums, and millions are finding plans that meet their and their families’ needs.”

The Commonwealth Fund has projected that 45,000 jobs in Oregon will be lost if premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion are eliminated with the repeal of Obamacare.

Diane can be reached at [email protected].

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