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Salem, OR—Today, Gov. Kate Brown will highlight the importance of health insurance and the local help available to Oregonians who are enrolling in health insurance, during an open enrollment launch event at the Cascade AIDS Project in Portland. Following the event, Governor Brown will hold a media availability.

Beginning Nov. 1, Oregonians can sign up for, renew, or change their health insurance plans at

Despite the ongoing debate about the nation's health care system on the federal level, health insurance and financial assistance, including special plans with lower out-of-pocket costs for those who qualify, is still available to Oregonians through

“In Oregon, we want people to get health insurance,” said Gov. Kate Brown. “Already 95 percent of Oregonians are covered and 100 percent of children have access. Now is the time to get health insurance if you don't already have it, and to re-enroll if you have coverage through”

Open enrollment – for those who buy plans on their own because they do not have coverage through their employer – launches Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15, 2017. It opens the door to change plans and, for those who do not have insurance, to buy a plan and avoid a potential penalty on their 2018 taxes.

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, a division of the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, provides local assistance over the phone, and through a statewide network of health insurance agents and community partners. To get connected to free local help, visit and click “Find local help.”

Date: Monday, Oct. 30
Time: 4:30 p.m. (media may arrive no earlier than 3:45 p.m. to set up)
Place: Cascade AIDS Project: 520 NW Davis St., Suite 215

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Chris Pair
Bryan Hockaday
Media Advisory / Event