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Oklahoma Regulator Gathers Views On Core Benefits

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A Sooner State official is trying to help lawmakers develop a law that will permit insurers in the state to bare-bones major medical plans.

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland is holding a series of meetings that will focus on efforts to create guidelines for a “core” or “basic health benefit” plan, officials say.

Holland scheduled the hearings in response to a move by the Oklahoma Legislature to create a Core Health Benefit Task Force.

Early findings suggest that Oklahomans would prefer to accept higher co-payments to keep premiums low, and that every community visited so far believes some form of mental health coverage is necessary in a core plan, officials say.

Every community identified prevention as a priority, and 4 of the 5 communities surveyed so far say dental coverage belongs in a core plan, officials say.