- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregonians have a few more weeks to get their health insurance plans locked down for 2016.

Sign ups, renewals and changes to existing plans through Healthcare.gov can be made until Jan. 31, the last day of open enrollment. Friday is the deadline for those seeking coverage to start on Feb. 1.

Roughly 133,770 Oregonians have selected plans through the federal exchange website as of Jan. 2, up nearly 20 percent from last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday. Oregon has been using the federal exchange website since last spring after ditching its problem-plagued Cover Oregon portal.

Individuals without health insurance face high penalties - 2.5 percent of household income or $695 per adult plus $347.50 per child, whichever is greater - when filing their 2016 taxes.

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