A few local residents turned out for the afternoon one-hour session Monday held by Tanya Case at the Duncan Public Library, during which she gave an informal presentation on the Affordable Care Act.
Case, who is on the Oklahoma High Risk Board of Directors and is the executive director for the Oklahoma Temporary High Risk Pool, hoped to provide residents with helpful information on health care reform for those who have a hard time receiving insurance because of a pre-existing medical condition.
Both the afternoon session and one that was held later in the evening was part of an effort to reach those that will need to enroll with High Risk Health Pool insurance come Jan. 1, 2014.
“About 650,000 Oklahomans don’t have health insurance,” said Case. “Oklahoma was very fortunate to receive $77.64 million from the Affordable Care Act.”
In order to enroll in the Oklahoma Temporary High Risk Pool, one must be a U.S. citizen or live here legally, reside in Oklahoma, have a pre-existing medical condition and have been uninsured for at least six months.
Once approved to enroll, the benefits that are received are guaranteed issue, no waiting periods, use one of the largest networks of hospitals and medical providers nationwide, and have rates comparable to other plans.
“These rates are cheaper than most commercial insurance right now,” said Case.
Some of the deductible and coverage benefits of the plan include a $2,000 calendar year deductible for an individual. This is not a family plan.
As of Monday, Case said there are 991 people signed up on the Oklahoma Temporary High Risk Pool insurance plan. By Dec. 31, 2013, the date the plan is to expire, they plan to have 1,262 people signed up.
“Since this plan was signed into place in March 2010, we’ve only had 361 people disenroll,” Case said. “I’ve received letter after letter from people saying what a difference this plan has made in their life.”
For more infomation, contact Case at 580-512-1488.