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Record 156K Oregonians signed up at HealthCare.gov

Despite half the open enrollment period

SALEM, Ore. - The federal government released new data Thursday showing that 156,105 Oregonians chose health insurance plans at HealthCare.gov during the open enrollment period that ended Dec. 15. This open enrollment period -- for 2018 coverage -- was half the duration of the previous year's sign-up period, but Oregon's enrollment total was the state's highest ever.

"Serving health care consumers is the core of our mission," said Chiqui Flowers, administrator of the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace. "So it is rewarding to see Oregonians are finding plans that meet their needs, and are successfully navigating the enrollment process."

The enrollment total during the previous sign-up period, for 2017 coverage, was 155,430.

Oregon business, government, and nonprofit partners helped bolster health insurance enrollment.

Before open enrollment, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, awarded competitive grants to six community groups and 31 insurance agencies. These local partners publicized the enrollment deadline and gave one-on-one enrollment guidance to consumers.

The marketplace also implemented a vigorous, Oregon-based outreach campaign that included radio and television spots, online ads, and event sponsorships.

"Our work continues, even though open enrollment has closed," said Flowers. "All year, the marketplace and our partners help people understand their coverage, navigate the insurance aspects of tax time, and update their coverage as their lives change."

Oregonians who have health insurance questions can call the Marketplace at 1-855-268-3767 (toll-free) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit OregonHealthCare.gov.

Oregonians who have trouble with their insurance company can find help from the marketplace's sister division, the Division of Financial Regulation at www.dfr.oregon.gov or calling 1-888-877-4894 (toll-free).


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