CMS grants Insure Oklahoma extension through 2017

Posted on: 12/14/16

CMS has recently approved the extension of Insure Oklahoma for one additional year from Dec. 31, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2017. Insure Oklahoma is a public/private health insurance partnership that helps small business owners provide health insurance to their low to moderate income employees. It also assists individuals who are self-employed, temporarily unemployed or working disabled employed by small businesses not offering commercial plans. Funding for the program comes from Oklahoma’s tobacco tax and federal matching funds.

“I am pleased to announce that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have granted my request for an extension of our 1115 Medicaid Waiver for the Insure Oklahoma program. This is the fourth time we have been granted an extension of this public-private partnership, once again demonstrating that successful innovations and solutions happen at the state level, especially here in Oklahoma,” said Gov. Mary Fallin.

“Insure Oklahoma is a critically important piece of the health insurance puzzle in our state, helping nearly 4,000 participating Oklahoma businesses provide quality health insurance coverage for their employees. The additional time granted by this one-year extension will ensure thousands of Oklahomans will continue to have access to great health care regardless of their ability to pay.

“I am committed to supporting Oklahomans in their quest to find quality, affordable health care coverage, and am grateful that CMS saw the value in this innovative public-private model. I will continue to advocate on behalf of Insure Oklahoma and all Oklahomans.”

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