Health Insurance Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act: Resources and Information

healthcare-viewMajor provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will begin January 1, 2014. One of the most important provisions is the creation of the new Health Insurance Marketplaces (also known as Exchanges) that will allow uninsured Americans to purchased affordable private commercial health insurance plans. Starting October 1, 2013, Oklahomans will be able to access the Health Insurance Marketplace by visiting or dialing 1-800-318-2596. Oklahomans can also dial the statewide network 2-1-1 or visit to get information about the marketplace and find in-person assistance.

This page is dedicated to providing information about the Health Insurance Marketplace. For information related to Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, please click here. For resources and information on other issues related to health care reform, please click here.

Marketplace Information

Brochures, Fact Sheets, and Presentations

  • Frequently Asked Questions: National Immigration Law Center: DACAmented and Undocumented Immigrants and the Obamacare Tax Penalty
  • Fact Sheet: OK Policy: What you need to know about Oklahoma’s new health insurance marketplace (Sept. 2013)
  • Fact Sheet: Families USA: How the Affordable Care Act makes health coverage more affordable
  • Presentation: Health Insurance Marketplace in Oklahoma (Tiece Dempsey, Sept. 2013)
  • Brochure: State of Oklahoma – resources for health insurance coverage
  • Brochure: BeCovered Oklahoma
  • Brochure: Families USA: What information you’ll need for the Health Insurance Marketplaces  (English and Spanish)
  • Glossary: Families USA: Key words and phrases 
  • Glossary: Families USA: Palabras y frases (Spanish)
  • Brochure: Families USA: The new health insurance options for Latinos 
  • Brochure: Families USA: Nuevos opciones de seguro medico para los latinos (Spanish)
  • Brochure: Families USA: The new health insurance options for African Americans
  • Brochure: Oklahoma Department of Insurance – Consumer Assistance Program
  • Brochure: Consumer’s Union – Oklahoma Health Insurance Marketplace
  • Infographic: Time for Affordability
  • Issue Brief: Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014
  • Databook: Health Insurance Marketplace Premiums for 2014
  • Webpage: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Health Reform: Beyond the Basics
  • Webpage: Kaiser Family Foundation: La Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio: Recursos para los Consumidores
  • Video: Kaiser Family Foundation – The YouToons get ready for Obamacare: Health insurance change coming your way under the Affordable Care Act
  • Frequently asked questions: Kaiser Family Foundation – Health Reform FAQs
  • Fact sheet: Consumer Reports – Summary of benefits and coverage
  • Face sheet: Consumer Reports – Co-pays
  • Webpage: Vox – The most confusing words in your health insurance forms, explained

Opinions and Commentary

  • Opinion: CBO Finds Health Reform’s Medicaid Expansion Is an Even Better Deal for States (Edwin Park, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Apr. 2014)
  • Blog Post: The ACA’s second Open Enrollment Period is almost over. Here’s what you need to know.
  • Blog Post: Misguided ruling could rob health care from 55,000 Oklahomans
  • Blog Post: Results on the first year of Obamacare are in. What’s it look like in Oklahoma?
  • Blog Post: Additional Navigator regulations are unwarranted, unnecessary  
  • Opinion: Obamacare Signups Hit 8 Million (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, Apr. 2014)
  • Opinion: Lower premiums (yes, really) drive down Obamacare’s expected costs, CBO says (Jason Millman, The Washington Post, Apr. 2014)
  • Opinion: Obama’s National Enrollment Looks OK, But States Matter More (Julie Rovner, NPR, Mar. 2014) 
  • Opinion: Survivors of Domestic Violence Gain Access to Health Insurance Tax Credits (Dania Palanker, National Women’s Law Center, Mar. 2014)
  • Opinion: The Obamacare Benefit That Gets No Respect (Jonathan Cohn, New Republic, March 2014)
  • Blog Post: Are you covered yet?
  • Blog Post: Health coverage enrollment hits home stretch 
  • Blog post: 18 years uninsured, but no more
  • Opinion: A tale of two states (David Blatt, Journal Record, December 2013)
  • Blog post: Exchanges 101: New insurance marketplaces will help link over 300,000 Oklahomans with affordable coverage
  • Opinion: Obamacare 1, 2, 3 (David Blatt, Journal Record Sept. 2013)
  • Opinion: Why Obamacare is not a train wreck (again) (Jonathan Cohn, Apr. 2013)
  • Video: Clinton Global Initiative 2013 – President Obama explaining the Affordable Care Act (Sept. 2013)
  • Commentary: PBS News Hour – How Does Health Care Reform Change Options for Young Adults (Sept. 2013)

Statements and Letters

News Coverage

  • News Article: NewsOK, Oklahoma has the second-highest health care enrollment of American Indians (May 2014) 
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Over 69,000 Oklahomans sign up for Affordable Care Act (May 2014)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Health insurance enrollment is still available to some (Apr. 2014)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Hundreds line up for health insurance enrollment help (Mar. 2014) 
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Health care sign-ups expected to surge before March 31 deadline (Mar. 2014)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, 33,000 Oklahomans have chosen plans (Mar. 2014)
  • News Article: Muskogee Phoenix, Health advocates look for uninsured residents (Mar. 2014)
  • News Article: NewsOK, Oklahoma not among top 10 places where health insurance costs the least (or most) (Feb. 2014)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, ACA enrollment increases in state, nation (Feb. 2014)
  • News Article: Oklahoma Gazette, Navigating the maze (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Urban Tulsa Weekly, What Seems to be the Problem? Proper health care for all citizens-should we afford it? (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Report: Oklahoma health-care rates will be 20-30 percent below U.S. average under ACA (Sept. 2013) 
  • News Article: News OK, Small businesses in Oklahoma can enjoy tax credits for buying insurance in the SHOP marketplace (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: News OK, The personal choices of health care: Experiences shape perspectives of Oklahomans (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Kaiser Health News, White House pushes back against fraud fears of Obamacare opponents (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Tulsa Urban Weekly, Insuring Ignorance with Obamacare, ideology trumps public service (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: News OK, Take care in shopping Oklahoma’s new online health insurance marketplace (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Oklahoma Watch, Q & A: Health Care Marketplace (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Oklahoma Watch, Premium Prices for Oklahoma Health Marketplace Revealed (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: Tulsa World, Health-care Overhaul: Young people not immune from risk of being uninsured  (Sept. 2013)
  • News Article: NewsOK, Oklahoma Watch: Q & A about health care marketplace (August 2013)
  • News Article: Oklahoma Watch, State Makes Little Effort to Promote Health Exchange (August 2013)
  • News Article: Oklahoma Watch, Pitching Obamacare (August 2013)
  • News Article: US News and World Reports, 10 Good things about Obamacare (July 2013)


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