Oh, they’re still here

The state extended the early renewal deadline on policies to Nov. 30, 2014. This move allows more time to ACA requirement, also known as Obamacare. Earlier deadlines have been targeted as the reason other states have seen a surge in cancellations, Tulsa World reported.

Only about 2.5 percent of the state’s population buys insurance on the independent market. Mike Rhoads, deputy commissioner of the Oklahoma Insurance Department, still encourages people to visit the ACA website “and see if they can get a better deal” at healthcare.gov, he told the paper.

A Blue Cross Blue Shield filing estimated 624,000 people in Oklahoma don’t have insurance. Of that number, the filing also estimated that 224,000 will purchase it through the federal program.

Gazette staff

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