Letters to the editor
Locals eligible for health coverage
Congressional debates over health care are paused for now, and HealthCare.gov will be available again for 2018 coverage. Open enrollment is from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15, and for most people who buy private insurance plans, it's the only time all year to get covered and qualify for financial assistance. The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, part of a state government agency, is here to help Oregonians get covered through HealthCare.gov.
Clackamas County is noteworthy because our data indicates that more than 10,000 people in the Happy Valley, Oregon City, and Milwaukie areas are eligible for help paying for coverage through HealthCare.gov, but have not enrolled. That's the greatest number of eligible-but-not-enrolled Oregonians statewide. People are often surprised at the income levels that qualify help paying for coverage. Individuals making less than $48,000 a year and families of four earning less than $98,000 can qualify.
If you're covered through your job, or another program such as Medicare or the Oregon Health Plan, you're all set. But do you know people who don't have insurance or who may be paying too much for their plan? Tell them to check out their options on HealthCare.gov beginning Nov. 1.
You, your friends, and your family don't have to figure out insurance all on your own. Licensed insurance agents and certified community groups can help people enroll, and their assistance is free. Find one near you at OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.
Or go directly to HealthCare.gov between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15.
Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace communications manager