Deadline Extended

The sign-up period to buy health insurance for 2020 has been extended.

People who do not qualify for the Oregon health plan or get insurance through their employer now have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 to apply for a subsidy and choose a health plan at HealthCare.gov. The original deadline was Sunday, Dec. 15.

“It’s still a tight deadline, but it’s an extra chance to get coverage and help paying for it,” Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace administrator Chiqui Flowers said.

The Marketplace is a part of state government that helps connect Oregonians to coverage. It partners with HealthCare.gov, the website where people apply for federal subsidies.

Speed up your enrollment by getting an estimate of the size of your subsidy first, and review health plan options to see which one might fit in your budget. Do that at OregonHealthCare.gov/windowshop. Follow the site instructions to continue to the official application at HealthCare.gov.

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden had called publicly for the extension.

“Healthcare.gov crashed just hours before the Dec. 15 deadline to buy health insurance, putting at risk the opportunity for Americans to sign up for coverage they and their loved ones need,” Wyden said. “I am glad my call yesterday was heeded and the Trump administration has restored the site and extended the open enrollment deadline. I encourage all those who weren’t able to enroll in health care coverage for 2020 to take advantage of the new deadline and visit Healthcare.gov by midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 17.”

After Tuesday night’s deadline, people will be able to buy health insurance only when they lose access to other coverage or have a major life change, like adding a child to their family.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a part of state government, helps people get health insurance when they do not have job-based coverage, and do not qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or another program. The Marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov, and a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

For more information, go to OregonHealthCare.gov.

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