Oklahoma Watch: Health care options for uninsured

What are the health care options for uninsured?
Oklahoman Modified: January 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm •  Published: January 13, 2013

What are the health care options for the uninsured?

Without Medicaid or employer insurance, uninsured parents and other adults have relatively few options:

• They can obtain coverage through Insure Oklahoma, which offers subsidized plans to individuals and workers at small businesses. But the program is now limited to about 35,000 enrollees, and a participating business must have a qualified health plan. Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin, said the governor is looking at expanding Insure Oklahoma to offer more affordable care. But on Jan. 1, 2014, Insure Oklahoma will lose nearly two-thirds of its government funding when federal matching money stops, said Jo Kilgore, a spokeswoman for the state Health Care Authority. Weintz said, “We're hoping that won't happen, but it is true that funding for that is in jeopardy.” He said the Obama administration is being inflexible and harming its stated goal of getting more people insured. “What they're saying is, ‘It's my way or the highway,'” Weintz said.

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