Enrollment At Healthcare.gov Gets 2-Day Extension

By Kristian Foden-Vencil (OPB)
Portland, Ore. Dec. 16, 2019 9:13 p.m.

Technical glitches at the federal website to buy individual health insurance means the deadline to enroll has been extended.

People seeking health insurance at healthcare.gov won't have a lot more time. But instead of applying by Sunday night, procrastinators will have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, called for the extension.

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“Healthcare.gov crashed just hours before the Dec. 15 deadline to buy health insurance, putting at risk the opportunity for Americans to sign up for coverage they and their loved ones need,” Wyden said.

The senator said he was glad the Trump administration decided to give people more time after the glitch.

“I encourage all those who weren’t able to enroll in health care coverage for 2020 to take advantage of the new deadline and visit Healthcare.gov by midnight on Tuesday,” he said.

Last year, 148,000 Oregonians enrolled – that’s equivalent to the population of Gresham and Lake Oswego combined.

Subsidies are available for people who make up to $50,000 a year. Those who received subsidies last year paid an average of $140 a month for insurance.

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