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NEWS BRIEFS

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

St. Johns Center for Opportunity to Host Meet the Employer Event June 27

Employers represented will include Mary’s Harvest and Del Monte ...

New Self-Defense Organization Offers Training to Youth in Multnomah County

EMERJ-SafeNow offers July classes for children ages 8-10 and youth ages 15-19 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Healthcare

Stacy Crites, right, a nurse on campus at the University of Washington's Hall Health Primary Care Center in Seattle, listens to the lungs of Kandice Joyner, a junior studying archeology, during a routine checkup. Photo by Ted S. Warren, Associated Press

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is working up until the deadline to add enrollees and renew health insurance plans.

As of Jan. 31, Clark County has added 3,105 new health plan enrollees and renewed 5,044 current health plans. Statewide, more than 132,000 residents have enrolled in a qualified health plan and 497,000 residents are covered through the Medicaid extension.  

Time is running out for those who want to get health coverage and avoid the tax penalty. Feb. 15 marks the end of open enrollment – the period of time when people can change or buy qualified health insurance plans from the healthcare exchange.

Those who qualify for Medicaid will be able to enroll year-round.  People who have a life-changing event such as marriage, the birth of a child or a loss of a job qualify for special enrollment period of 60 days.

After Feb. 15, those without health coverage will not be able to buy a plan from the exchange and will face a tax penalty of $325 per adult or 2 percent of household income, whichever is greater. In 2016, the fine raises to $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income.

People who still need health insurance can sign up online, in person and over the phone. The Washington exchange has brokers and navigators who are trained to help people find the right health plan.

For more information on signing up for health insurance in Washington, click here.

Attend a Health Care enrollment event in Portland, find the details here.

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