State Sees Debate Over Child-Only Insurance Coverage

In December of 2011, Gov. Fallin signed emergency rules allowing insurance companies to offer child-only policies.  However, many lawmakers are seeking alternatives to the provisions put in place by the rules.  On January 18th Sen. Wilson filed SB 1181 – which would require insurance carriers to offer at least one child-only policy.  Other lawmakers have proposed other measures, including suggesting a Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) to overturn the emergency rules.

An open enrollment period for child-only policy required under the new rules runs through February 29th.  See additional information related to child-only coverage below.

Related News Releases:
Hamilton Files Bill to Provide Insurance to Newborns (02/01/12)
Sen. Brown Comments on Oklahoma High Risk Pool Covering Gap in Child-Only Insurance (01/28/12)
Bill to Provide Health Insurance to State's Children (01/18/12)
Open Enrollment Period for Child-Only Coverage:  Jan. 1 - Feb. 29, 2012
Shortey Responds to Criticisms of Insurance Commissioner (01/13/12)
Sen. Burrage Proposes Solution to Restore Insurance Coverage for Oklahoma Babies (01/12/12)
Doak Glad Democrats Becoming Aware of Child-Only Insurance Gap  (01/12/12)
New Health Insurance Options Now Available for Children  (01/09/12)
Doak says Gov. Fallin’s Signature on Emergency Rule Revives ‘Child-Only’ Insurance for Oklahoma  (12/09/11)

Additional Information:
Child-Only Insurance Coverage
Emergency Rules (OAC 365:10-1-15, signed 12/05/11)
Media Guide to Child-Only Health Insurance

Pending Related Legislation
HB2911 - by Rep. Hamilton - requires health insurers to cover children less than one year old
SB1181 - by Sen. Wilson - requires health insurers to offer at least one child-only policy
SB1208 - by Sen. Adelson - requires health insurers to offer at least one child-only policy
SJR0090 - by Sen. Burrage - disapproves emergency rules signed in December related to child-only coverage


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