Correction to Press Release Issued August 19, 2021
The initial press release incorrectly stated in the fifth paragraph that the BCBSOK enrollment freeze affected their Medicare plans. The corrected language of the press release does not change any other information reported in the initial press release.
Aug. 19, 2021
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services approved premium rates for health, dental, life, disability and vision insurance products to be offered to state, education and many local government employees, retirees and dependents for Plan Year 2022.
The rates were recommended by the Oklahoma Employees Insurance and Benefits Board (OEIBB) and approved by State Chief Operating Officer and OMES Director Steven Harpe.
Based on HealthChoice’s overall strong financial position and information provided by the board’s actuary, Aon, the self-funded HealthChoice premium rates will remain the same.
“We strive to be the best possible steward of these plans. It is important to OMES that we can offer the lowest rates possible, while maintaining the best options and services for our members,” said COO Harpe. “We will always have Oklahoma's public employees and their families at the core of our decision making.”
Other actions taken by OEIBB include recommending the acceptance of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, CommunityCare, GlobalHealth and Humana commercial plans and their rates. However, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma HMO plans’ enrollment of state, education and local government employees will be restricted to current membership only. Section 1371, Title 74 of the Oklahoma Statutes gives this board the authority to recommend such an action. This means that BCBSOK BlueLincs HMO will not be allowed to take on any additional state, education, local government or pre-Medicare retired employee members in their HMO plan for Plan Year 2022.