As expected, the federal health insurance online marketplace is getting hit by a heavy volume of consumers trying to sign up for health insurance by Friday's deadline.
Oregonians who are not on Medicaid, Medicare or covered by their employer only have two more weeks to sign up for health insurance for next year.
Midway through the open enrollment period for the individual health insurance market, Oregon is off to a hot start, but with only three weeks left till the normal window to sign up for 2018 closes on Dec. 15, the state may still fall short of 2017 enrollment.
Open enrollment for the individual health insurance market begins today, with consumers purchasing subsidized plans on the healthcare.gov marketplace and unsubsidized plans through insurance brokers or directly from health insurers through Dec. 15.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that over 2.1 million people selected plans using the HealthCare.gov platform since Open Enrollment began on November 1, including 40,290 in Oregon.
On January 31, Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage ended, with about 12.7 million plan selections through the Health Insurance Marketplaces. In Oregon, 147,109 were enrolled in a plan through the HealthCare.gov platform.
OPINION -- Many people find the frenzied pace of November and December a bit overwhelming.
The state is backing away from any involvement with new Obamacare health enrollments come Nov.