Oklahoma Making Affordable Health Insurance For Under 40
The Oklahoma House on Thursday voted 97-2 to approve a bill that would authorize the state's insurance commissioner to allow health insurance companies to offer low-cost affordable, mandate-free coverage to residents younger than age 40, the AP/Journal Record reports. Bill author state Rep. Doug Cox (R) said about 60% of the state's 600,000 uninsured residents are between ages 18 and 40 and the measure is designed to provide them with an affordable health coverage option.
Oklahoma currently requires insurance companies to cover 36 procedures, including children's immunizations and prostate cancer screening, which some lawmakers say contribute to the high cost of health insurance (AP/Journal Record, 3/13).
According to NewsOK the Health reform bill has ardent support in Oklahoma as it makes the health insurance more affordable for the younger and mid aged people in the state.
"Authored by state Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, and Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, HB 2026 is an outgrowth of an interim legislative study on health care reform. It got no dissenting votes in the House and now is pending in the Senate.
"Steele is passionate about changing the health care environment by encouraging responsibility. We share his enthusiasm. More Oklahomans should take advantage of public-private incentives to be insured rather than depend on emergency room care for basic health needs."