EUGENE, Ore. — The federal health insurance deadline is fast approaching. If you still need to enroll, there is help.
About 250,000 Oregonians have signed up for health insurance through Cover Oregon and Oregon Health Authority. But if you still need coverage, it’s crunch time. You need to sign up by March 31, or you’ll face a big fine. Fortunately, a local organization is helping you enroll.
Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon is hosting a free health care enrollment event. Community partners will guide you through the health insurance marketplace website, and an insurance agent will be on hand to help you choose the right plan.
“So many rules have changed and so many people have a lot of questions. They have questions about subsidies, about the new plans, about change with Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, and so the enrollment assistants are really the experts in this area. They can help people get enrolled through that process and actually do the enrollment and get enrolled,” said Sarah Moseley with Planned Parenthood.
You’ll want to bring a few items to the event. Bring Social Security numbers for yourself and anyone else in your family that you’re enrolling, verification of income for the 2014 tax year, and if you have existing health insurance coverage, you need policy IDs for those plans.
Monday’s event is from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Planned Parenthood’s regional Health and Education Center at 3579 Franklin Boulevard in Eugene. Help is on a first-come, first-served basis, and each enrollment takes about 30 minutes.