Report: Oklahomans can access 53 health care plans

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new federal report indicates that Oklahomans will be able to choose from an average of 53 qualified health care plans under the health insurance exchange scheduled to begin next week.

The report, made public Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says monthly premiums in Oklahoma will range from $266 for one type of plan to $174 for another before subsidies are applied.

The federally run health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday in Oklahoma. Last year, Gov. Mary Fallin rejected a state-based insurance exchange under the new health care overhaul law. Fallin also turned down an expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to thousands of low-income, uninsured citizens.

Insurance Commissioner John Doak has predicted that health insurance rates under the new law would increase over current rates.

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