Obamacare enrollment climbs in Oklahoma

More Oklahomans are selecting health insurance plans since October through the federally run marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: December 11, 2013 at 8:33 pm •  Published: December 11, 2013

Romy Owens doesn't post in all capital letters on Facebook often.

But a celebration was in order.

“I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ELEVEN YEARS!” the Oklahoma City artist wrote on Monday afternoon.

And that health insurance was all of $16 a month.

“It's very easy to look at this poverty-stricken population that doesn't have health care and think that we're irresponsible, and I don't think I'm irresponsible,” she said. “I just think it's really hard to get by.”

Owens, a 43-year-old Oklahoma City artist, is one of hundreds of Oklahomans who have selected health insurance plans through the federally run marketplace.

Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, an estimated 1,673 Oklahomans have selected health insurance plans through the federally run marketplace, according to federal government data.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department on Wednesday announced that, nationwide, about 365,000 people selected health insurance plans from the state and federal marketplaces between Oct. 1 and the end of November, according to the report.

Number quadrupled

Enrollment in the federal marketplace in November was more than four times greater than October's reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS.

The federal marketplace created through the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, launched Oct. 1. The deadline to enroll for coverage is Dec. 23 in order to have coverage begin Jan. 1.

This report comes after the October report showed low enrollment in several states. During October, only 346 Oklahomans had selected a health insurance plan through the marketplace.

The low enrollment was largely attributed to the difficulties that people had using HealthCare.gov. The website had several kinks and thousands of people struggled to get through on the site.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, medicine and fitness, among other things. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a news-editorial and broadcast production degree. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her bike, taking pictures of...
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