Update on the Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange: List of Navigators & Plan Providers
Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner
On Sunday, The Oklahoman ran a great story written by Warren Veith of Oklahoma Watch on the state’s lack of a role in promoting the Oklahoma health insurance exchange. Read the story here. A great Q&A section follows the story.
Don’t expect the state to offer much insistence in offering information and application assistance beyond referring you to the federal government website, www.Healthcare.gov. It will be up to Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, Champions for Coverage, and other consumer advocates to get the word out about enrolling in the new health insurance exchanges.
Navigator List Released
Navigators are the organizations who will be providing in-person help to enrollees. On August 15, HHS announced the organizations approved for grants to be Navigators in Oklahoma:
- Oklahoma Community Health Centers ($860,866)
- Little Dixie Community Action Agency ($580,733)
- Cardon Health Network ($178,500)
Certified Application Counselors are currently being trained to assist Navigators. Organizations can also sign up be Champions for Coverage. Champions for Coverage simply agree to assist in education activities and receive no funds from HHS.
According to Oklahoma Watch, five insurance providers have applied to offer insurance plans on the Oklahoma exchange:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
- Coventry Health Care (owned by Aetna but offering its own plans)
- GlobalHealth, Inc.
The list of approved providers along with policy provisions and premium amounts will be released in mid-September. Update: Exclusive Premium Prices for Oklahoma Health Marketplace Revealed published by Oklahoma Watch on 9/13/13.
Regardless of how you feel about Obamacare, it’s currently the law. It’s not going away before October 1st. Help us spread the word about the health insurance exchanges. The more educated the public becomes, the more people understand how this legislation can help them.
This post was updated on 9/16/13.
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