State healthcare program receives national recognition


Monday, September 22nd 2008, 3:16 pm
By: News 9


From PRNewswire

WASHINGTON -- A state subsidy received national recognition during a briefing Monday on Capitol Hill.

The success of the states Insure Oklahoma program was mentioned during a briefing by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The program provides low-cost healthcare to small businesses.

"Innovative solutions such as programs in Arizona and Oklahoma have increased access for thousands of workers in small firms who otherwise would not be able to afford coverage," said Scott P. Serota, BCBSA president and CEO. "Small businesses and their workers are the backbone of our nation's economy and addressing their needs must be a top priority for healthcare reform."

The association released new data from a survey of 400 small employers participating in the Insure Oklahoma program. The survey found that 56 percent of all Insure Oklahoma enrollees were previously uninsured. Insure Oklahoma helped some firms offer coverage for the first time -- 37 percent of the program's employers were uninsured previously and 85 percent of these employers said the primary reason they couldn't offer coverage before was their employees couldn't afford it.

For more information on Insure Oklahoma visit http://www.insureoklahoma.org/.