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Fed. Marketplace for Health Insurance Opens

More than 210,000 Oregonians receive their insurance through the individual marketplace. (AlarconBenthos/Pixabay)
More than 210,000 Oregonians receive their insurance through the individual marketplace. (AlarconBenthos/Pixabay)
November 1, 2017

BANDON, Ore. - The open-enrollment period to purchase health insurance on the federal marketplace begins today, and folks in Oregon can go to to find a plan.

Health centers around the state, such as Coast Community Health Center in Bandon, help people find the plan that works best for them and at the right price. But with talk in Congress of repealing the Affordable Care Act, said Lennae Wright, CCHC's outreach and enrollment manager, there has been a lot of confusion heading into open enrollment.

"One of the primary concerns that I have heard is that there won't be any plan in 2018, and that is, of course, not correct," she said. "There are plans offered through the federal marketplace."

Open enrollment was cut from three months to 45 days this year, and ends Dec. 15. The federal government has cut the marketing budget for insurance exchanges and also the budget for navigators, individuals who help people find plans. The Trump administration has decided to end cost-sharing payments to insurance companies, but state officials say that won't affect premiums for Oregonians.

Wright recommended that everybody get health insurance, even if it's catastrophic coverage with low monthly premiums and high deductibles.

"In the event of any kind of an emergency," she said, "you're going to be covered and you won't be putting yourself at risk for any kind of financial strain or burden on you or your family or your loved ones."

Wright encouraged people to get better coverage so that they can have preventive-care checkups. More than 210,000 Oregonians receive their health-care coverage through the insurance marketplace.

Eric Tegethoff, Public News Service - OR