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Lawmakers Seek Insurance Coverage for Infants

Filed by Michael Cross in Feature, Health, Local News, News, Politics.
January 12, 2012

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Senate Democrats are speaking out against a new rule from the Governor and Insurance Commissioner allowing insurance companies to not cover infants.

The leader of the Senate Democrats says he was shocked to see Governor Fallin sign off on an emergency rule allowing for “Child-Only” coverage which doesn’t include infants up to a year old.

Senator Sean Burrage, the father of two premature children, says he was fortunate to have insurance after amassing $100,000 in medical bills for each of his infants.

“You’re talking about an average Oklahoma family in this situation they have the choice, I guess they could hope they could qualify for Medicaid and if they don’t they’re going to bankruptcy court.”

Burrage is offering legislation in the next session which would overturn the emergency rule put forth by Insurance Commissioner John Doak.

Senator Tom Adelson of Tulsa is putting forth a bill requiring insurance companies to provide at least one “Child-Only” plan which includes the care of infants.

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