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NEWS BRIEFS

'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Screens at New Performing Arts Center, Federal Way

Free screening follows the day after official ribbon cutting of the arts center ...

Join a Book Club at Your Neighborhood Library

At North Portland Library, Pageturners Black Voices focuses on books written by and about African and African American authors ...

Meeting of the NE Community Development Oversight Committee

The fourth meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 ...

Health Share of Oregon Invests $3M in Community Health Workers

Investment will improve health care access, quality and outcomes for Oregonians who face barriers to care ...

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OPINION

SEIU’s President: No Place for White Supremacists in the White House

Mary Kay Henry makes following statement on Trump’s remarks after violence in Charlottesville ...

It’s Time to Show “Middle Neighborhoods” Love, Before It’s too Late

Middle Neighborhoods, School Rehabilitation and Food Insecurity are key action items for the policy agenda of the CBC. ...

Despite Unequal Treatment, Black Women Will Rise

NNPA Newswire Columnist Julianne Malveaux talks about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day ...

PCC Cascade President on Free Tuition Program

Any student who qualifies for the Oregon Promise can attend most in-state community colleges tuition-free ...

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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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