Are you covered yet?

Taking care of the youngThe deadline to sign up for health insurance is March 31st! We’re sure you’re already signed up – but what about your friends and family? We’ve compiled a list of the main reasons why they should get covered before March 31st. 

Here’s why Oklahomans should get covered:

  • It’s affordable. Four out of every five people who have signed up have been eligible for financial assistance. See what you could save.
  • You won’t be turned away.  No matter your age, your gender, or your previous health issues, you’ll be offered good coverage at an affordable price. That’s why when Oklahomans who’ve been uninsured for decades or been denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions find out they can buy an affordable plan, “they’re ecstatic.”
  • You can’t afford not to. Medical debt is the single largest cause of bankruptcy in the US. No one’s financial future should be destroyed by an accident or illness.
  • People with health insurance have better health outcomes than people without. Oklahoma is an unhealthy state. We can do better – by getting covered.
  • There’s a financial penalty for people who don’t sign up by March 31st. Which makes more sense: paying a fine, or getting health insurance? (We’ll help you out: it’s the latter.)
  • Health insurance is required to cover everything from newborn care to mental illness. If you’re insured, you’re better equipped to take on everything life throws at you. This means better peace of mind for everyone – yourself, your family, and your community.

But wait! There’s more:

Not sure where to start? OK Policy has some great resources available. Check out our health insurance marketplace fact sheet, and click here to find more resources and information on health insurance in Oklahoma.

Time is running out. After March 31, with some exceptions, health insurance enrollment will be closed until November. Tell everyone to enroll now: it’s better for them, better for you, and better for Oklahoma. It’s time to get covered.

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Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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