Many young people don’t see cost-benefit of buying health insurance by deadline

Lisa Lettenmaier owns Healthsource Northwest, an insurance agency near Tigard.  She believes young people who currently don’t have health insurance aren’t signing up for it through Cover Oregon, or even directly with insurance companies, for three reasons: many who are younger than 26 are staying on, or being added to, their parents’ insurance plans; many don’t see the cost benefit of paying a monthly fee for a plan when they’re healthy, and already living paycheck-to-paycheck; and many young people don’t qualify for a tax credit, which would reduce their monthly premiums.

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