Oklahomans voted last June in favor of State Question 802, which expands Medicaid throughout the state. Under the new guidelines, an estimated 200,000 more Oklahomans will be able to reap its benefits.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority said the expansion has opened the door for thousands of Oklahomans to receive insurance.
“It is an opportunity for them to go to the doctor, to be able to have the preventative care services that they desperately need,” OKHCA chief of communications Melissa Richey said.
People who are eligible can apply beginning June 1.
In order to be eligible for Soonercare benefits, you must be between 19 and 64 years old and have an income that is 138% of the federal poverty line or lower. That's an estimated income of just under $18,000 for an individual or around $36,500 for a family of four.
If approved, you will start receiving benefits on July 1. Then, on Oct. 1, Oklahomans will then move into managed care.
“We will communicate with them and help guide them to choose a plan,” Richey said. “If they don’t choose a plan right away, we will choose one for them, but they will have the opportunity at a later time to redirect how they want their benefits handled, if that is with another plan.”
If you're not sure about your eligibility, Richey said you should go ahead and apply for SoonerCare to see if you are eligible or not.
“Oklahoma is 46th in the country for healthcare outcomes and this is one way we can become a top 10 state,” Richey said.
If you would like to apply for SoonerCare, click here or call the SoonerCare Helpline at 800-987-7767.