Oklahoma health clinics to help residents sign up for health care exchanges

Eighteen health organizations that operate several community health centers across Oklahoma have received $1.7 million, a grant they will use to help their patients understand how to sign up for health insurance through exchanges.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 13, 2013
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Many people don't know much about the health insurance exchange, a problem that Oklahoma's community health centers will soon tackle.

The centers, also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers, received $1.7 million this week to help about 44,000 Oklahomans enroll into health insurance coverage and hire 38 workers.

Community health centers provide primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 147,000 residents, according to the Oklahoma Primary Care Association.

The health insurance exchanges, also called health insurance marketplaces, will serve as a place where people who don't have access to affordable employer insurance can buy coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Exchanges were created through the Affordable Care Act, the federal health care law also known as Obamacare.

States have the option of setting up their own exchanges. Gov. Mary Fallin has said Oklahoma will not set up its own exchange, and therefore, residents will use an exchange set up through the federal government to purchase coverage.

The grant money was issued through the Health Resources and Services Administration, a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that focuses its efforts on improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured or medically vulnerable.

Eighteen community health organizations that operate 73 sites will use the money to help their patients understand what their coverage options are.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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... It's here, and we want Oklahomans to know what their choices are and the best routes to take, and that is what this funding is designed to do.”Judy Grant, interim executive director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association

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