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Child-only insurance enrollment period ends July 31

A deadline is looming for those who need to obtain child-only insurance coverage for minors who don't have private coverage through their family or a government program. “This segment of the market is important, even though it's small,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said.
by Don Mecoy Published: July 18, 2012

The state Insurance Department requested an emergency rule to enable insurance companies to offer child-only policies in Oklahoma. After Gov. Mary Fallin signed it, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and CommunityCare launched programs to provide coverage for children 1 to 18 years old.

The Oklahoma High Risk Pool will provide insurance for babies younger than 1, if they aren't covered by a family policy or Medicaid.

The regular open enrollment period is from June 1 through July 31 each year. When open enrollment ends, special enrollment is only available for children 31 days after they undergo a qualifying event. For more information, contact the Insurance Department's Consumer Assistance Division at (800) 522-0071.

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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Contact information

Child-only coverage for ages 1 to 18

CommunityCare: or (918) 594-5225.

Blue Cross Blue Shield: or (866) 303-2583.

Child-only coverage for newborns

Oklahoma High Risk Pool: or (877) 885-3717.

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