Apparently there can be only one

Insurance Commissioner John Doak passed along this bit of information:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma has submitted a Qualified Health Plan application, along with rates, for certification in the federally-facilitated exchange for 2018. This is an initial indication that, for the second straight year, only one insurer in Oklahoma will offer exchange products in the individual market.

As recently as 2015, there were four insurers on the exchange. And Doak will not comment on rates, because basically he can’t:

The Oklahoma Insurance Department does not have statutory authority to approve or deny rate increases filed by insurers on the federal exchange. Oklahoma, along with Texas and Wyoming, is a direct enforcement state with no authority to enforce provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

This is at least partially due to State Question 756, passed in 2010, in which state voters washed their hands of the whole idea of mandatory health insurance.





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