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December 6, 2013

Insure Oklahoma program accepting qualified applicants

TAHLEQUAH — Insure Oklahoma, the state’s program created to bridge the gap in health care coverage for low-income working adults, is currently accepting applications. Insure Oklahoma provided some 26,863 Oklahomans with health insurance during the month of October.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority wants to clarify the Insure Oklahoma program is still actively operating and available for those who qualify.

“There were no changes to the Employee-Sponsored portion of Insure Oklahoma, it is business as usual and remains available for those up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. And the Individual Plan is still being offered to those Oklahomans who make up to 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. Insure Oklahoma continues to be a viable health care option for thousands of Oklahomans,” said OHCA CEO Nico Gomez.

Insure Oklahoma was granted a one-year extension through Dec. 31, 2014, following negotiations between state leadership and the federal government. The program launched in November 2005. It is funded by the state’s tobacco tax matched with federal funds.

Under the Employer-Sponsored Insurance (ESI) program, businesses can help provide commercial health insurance for their qualified employees. The premium costs are shared by the state and federal funding (60 percent), the employer (25 percent) and the employee (15 percent).

For more information, visit www.insureoklahoma.org or call (888) 365-3742.

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