Bill seeks to help veterans gets insurance

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill has filed in the state Senate to help Oklahoma military veterans get health insurance.

Sen. Andrew Rice, an Oklahoma City Democrat, says thousands of veterans do not qualify for health care through the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department.

Rice said those veterans make too much money to qualify for means-tested federal programs but do not earn enough to afford private coverage.

His bill would expand the Insure Oklahoma program to include certain qualified veterans under age 65.

Based on a Harvard University Study, Rice says Oklahoma could have more than 26,000 vets who are uninsured.

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