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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Judy Grant, interim executive director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association, said staff members who provide assistance will serve as independent voices and will not represent any insurance company.

One of the key concerns has been that many people who would qualify for insurance under the exchange don't know anything about the program. About half of Americans say they do not have enough information about the health reform law to understand how it will impact their own family, a share that rises among the uninsured and low-income households, according to a poll conducted through the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Grant said signing up for insurance, regardless of whether a person has done it before, can be overwhelming.

Many of the people who qualify for coverage under the health insurance exchange are the “working poor” and typically work for employers who cannot afford to offer health insurance, she said.

“It's not something that all Oklahomans embrace, but the fact of the matter is — 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,” Grant said.

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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