About 3,200 Oklahomans will lose their health insurance coverage through the federally run marketplace on Sept. 30 if they do not respond to requests for more information. The federal health insurance marketplace began sending notices this week to consumers with citizenship or immigration data matching issues who have not responded to previous notices via mail, email and phone. Consumers who haven’t responded must act now to submit supporting documents by Sept. 5, or their coverage will end. For steps consumers need to take, visit www.healthcare.gov/blog/still-need-to-send-documents/.
The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command will begin handing out appointment letters for the 2014 Christmas ministry program at 9 a.m. Wednesday at 520 S Hudson. The Christmas ministry helps families with children up to age 14 and seniors 62 and older by providing gifts and a Bible. Residents of Oklahoma County and ZIP codes 73159, 73165 and 73170 of Cleveland County can come to receive an appointment letter that includes a date, time and instructions on eligibility. The letters are available from Aug. 13-22, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Beginning Sept. 8, applicants should go to 1001 N Pennsylvania during the same days and hours. Appointment letters will not be available Aug. 23 through Sept. 7. For information, go to www.salvationarmyokcac.org/christmas.
FROM STAFF REPORTS
for 2nd time
A meeting of the Payne County Excise Board and Payne County Budget Board didn’t happen Monday. It’s the second special meeting the Excise Board has called that fell through. Member Doug Emde expressed frustration: “I’m personally offended that the DA’s office declined to meet with us and I’m personally offended that we weren’t put on the Budget Board agenda.” The board asked to meet with District Attorney Tom Lee on Aug. 6 but received an email saying he and his staff weren’t comfortable with it.