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Notice of Public Comment Period for Oklahoma Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver

For Release July 14, 2017 Contact: Tony Sellars 405-271-5601

The Oklahoma Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary (HHS), in conjunction with the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), has developed a 1332 State Innovation Waiver pursuant to House Bill 2406 to create a Market Stabilization Program to waive certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), assume state control and regulation of the Oklahoma individual health insurance market, increase competition, reduce healthcare premiums and protect coverage for approximately 130,000 Oklahomans. This waiver was produced in collaboration with a 1332 Task Force established by Governor Mary Fallin to recommend solutions to the State of Oklahoma to improve its health insurance market. 

HHS and OID will conduct two informational meetings and provide opportunity for public comment on a Section 1332 “State Innovation” Waiver. The meetings will consist of a presentation about the waiver followed by time for questions and comments from the public. The public comment period will officially begin on July 14th and will end on August 13th. A draft waiver application will be available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website. Following the public comment period the Section 1332 Waiver will be submitted to the US Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval to implement the Oklahoma Individual Health Insurance Market Stabilization Program, a state-operated reinsurance program.

Moving forward, the State of Oklahoma will continue engaging with the public as it looks to implement additional reforms to the ACA.  

The 1332 State Innovation Waiver is available online at: https://www.ok.gov/health/Organization/Center_for_Health_Innovation_and_Effectiveness/1332_State_Innovation_Waiver_/index.html

Comments may be submitted in writing, online, or in person at the public information meetings. Please submit comments no later than August 13, 2017 via mail to:

Buffy Heater
HHS Strategy Officer
Commissioner's Office, Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73117

or email to : 1332Waiver@health.ok.gov

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will conduct two public information meetings regarding the Section 1332 Waiver application. The meetings will consist of a presentation about the waiver followed by time for questions and comments from the public. The meeting date, time, and location are as follows:

July 31, 2017 - Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 535, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City,  3:30-4:30 pm

August 3, 2017 - Tulsa City-County Library, Central Library Downtown, Aaronson Auditorium, L01, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, 1-2 pm

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