Washington, D.C. — Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley reminds Oregonians that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period begins today and lasts until Friday, Dec. 15. During the enrollment period, Americans can sign up for health coverage through the ACA marketplace.
“Every Oregonian should spread the word: The next six weeks are the time to sign up for affordable health coverage for 2018,” said Merkley. “It’s critical that everyone in our communities knows that this is the window to sign up through the ACA marketplace. With the financial assistance available through the exchange, many Americans will be able to find affordable, quality coverage.”
Oregonians can visit healthcare.gov to shop, compare, and see if there’s a plan that will meet their health care needs and save them money. Millions of Americans qualify for tax credits that ensure affordability. With tax credits, policies are available for $50 to 100 per month. Call 1-800-318-2596 or visit localhelp.healthcare.gov for assistance.
This is the ACA’s fifth open enrollment period. About 10 million Americans have coverage through the ACA marketplaces, but millions more remain uninsured. This year, experts are encouraging people to plan ahead and make sure they set aside time to enroll, since the administration has shortened the enrollment period and has said it will shut down the healthcare.gov website nearly every Sunday for 12 hours at a time.
“It’s disappointing that people out there are sowing confusion and trying to dissuade fellow Americans from getting health coverage,” Merkley said. “It’s incumbent on all of us to make sure that Oregonians and all Americans know they have the opportunity to sign up for life-saving health coverage.”