The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment sign-up period for people who buy health insurance for themselves and their family ends Friday.

The deadline applies to people who want health insurance in 2019 but do not get coverage through their employer or another program.

“Even the healthiest among us can face an unexpected injury or illness, along with the expensive medical bills that follow,” said Cameron Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. “Health insurance reduces those costs for you, so your finances can recover as fast as your body does.”

The marketplace is the state-level partner to HealthCare.gov and connects people with subsidies and local assistance at OregonHealthCare.gov/gethelp.

Income guidelines change every year, Smith said, so people who previously did not qualify for subsidies may be eligible this year.

More than 70 percent of people who got coverage through HealthCare.gov last year also qualified for financial assistance, according to a press release from the marketplace. On average, those people received a $421 monthly discount toward their premium.

News-Review reporter Janelle Polcyn can be reached at jpolcyn@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4204. Or follow her on Twitter @JanellePolcyn.

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