Beaverton, Or The month of January is the last opportunity for Oregonians to enroll in health insurance plans for 2016. Open enrollment lasts through Jan. 31, 2016. It is the time of year to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan. If you dont get covered before the deadline, you could go a year without insurance and run the risk of having a serious illness or injury that can lead to financial hardship. You could also pay a significant penalty when you file your 2016 taxes. The penalty for not having insurance in 2016 is the higher of these two numbers: 2.5 percent of your yearly household income, or $695 for every adult in your family plus $347.50 for every child under 18. The penalty could potentially be as much as $2,085 for a family of four, with two parents and two children younger than 18, earning $50,000 a year. Oregonians can sign up, renew, or change their health insurance plans at the Insurance Marketplace. Even if you were already re-enrolled in your current plan, you can change plans through Jan. 31. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, consumers who shop and switch plans could save an estimated average of $569 on their 2016 plan.Three out of four Oregonians who enrolled through the Marketplace last year received tax credits averaging $199 per month. As of Jan. 2, 2016, 133,776 Oregonians had selected a plan through HealthCare.gov. That number is about 19 percent higher than the approximately 112,000 Oregonians who selected a plan in 2015.
There are many FREE ENROLLMENT EVENTS around Portland metro area. There are also over 24 insurance agencies selected by the Department of Consumer and Business Services and Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace to help people sign up for and re-enroll in health insurance. One of them is Health Plans In Oregon which is based in Beaverton. .Our agency will be open from 9- 8pm everyday until January 31 to help as many Oregonians enroll, said Diane Faligowski with Health Plans In Oregon. Were here to simplify and expedite the health care enrollment process. With only 3 pages of information to complete, as opposed to 21 pages with the Insurance Marketplace, and it only 2 minutes. They can enroll Oregonians over the phone, online portal, or at various enrollment events around Portland. They also have a walk in office in Beaverton.
Additional resources are available at :healthplansinoregon.com. The website is also available in Spanish. To start shopping for plans, visit: healthplansinoregon.com