Nick McWilliams reporting – The enrollment period for HealthCare.gov insurance plans is nearly over, with officials urging applications sooner rather than later.

The federal government-run program is intended to provide affordable health insurance for eligible residents or employees who are not provided insurance through their jobs.

Northwest Regional Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Darryl Means says that while some might not feel health coverage is vital to them given a clean medical history, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.

“If there are specific doctors they use, they may want to know who those doctors are to see if those doctors are in the plans that are available. I just think that they need to try and figure out what price they want to pay for a plan, and shop the plans within the Marketplace.”

According to the healthcare website, average premiums through the Marketplace have dropped eight percent since 2018.

Means adds that anyone with questions can visit the federal website for assistance, or contact help through local offices.

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