Serving Our Members in 2019

A Message from Our President

Jun. 27, 2018


No matter how you get health coverage – through an employer, the individual market, or a government program – we will continue to work with the entire health care system on ways to make health care more affordable for everyone.

Health care continues to cost more, so insurance and out-of-pocket costs are rising for nearly everyone. Many people in Oklahoma struggle to pay for their health insurance, and sadly, more than 400,000 in our state had little choice but to go without it last year.

These costs have a larger impact on people who buy coverage in the individual market, especially if they don't qualify for federal assistance. That's because the individual market is still changing. Changes in government regulations – the rules by which we must operate – make it difficult to price our products.

It's important that we find the right balance of consumer affordability and market so premiums don't vary a great deal from year to year.

While others sit on the sidelines or offer few options, we remain committed to expanding access to broad coverage regardless of health status because it's the right thing to do.

This year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is proud to remain in the individual market with options in all 77 counties. For our 2019 plans, we continue to do everything possible to make access to care more affordable. But, we know health coverage will remain out of reach for many.

That's why we are dedicated to making care and coverage more affordable for all by addressing the root causes of excessive and unnecessary costs through our Affordability Cures Learn more about third-party links endeavor.

We're making significant strides with efforts aimed at improving affordability of care for our members. For example, we are building on our efforts to control medical and administrative costs for the long-term. We've recently engaged a new provider in the Oklahoma City area that offers mobile urgent care services so you can receive urgent care services at your home or place of need and avoid a costly trip to the emergency room.

We're addressing the opioid crisis by partnering with members, care providers and pharmacists in our communities to cover the care and treatment of those suffering from opioid use disorder. Hunger and food insecurity remain an issue in Oklahoma which is why we've worked with community partners helping to distribute more than 390,000 pounds of food last year. And we plan to expand our contributions across the state in 2018.

We understand that having health care coverage means more than just "having insurance." That's why we're committed to investing in solutions that will lead to a long-term and affordable path for your health.

Thank you for trusting us with your health care coverage needs.

Ted Haynes
President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

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