Health insurance bill

The Oklahoma House unanimously passed a bill that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance from any state participating in a yet-to-be-determined compact. The bill passed by a vote of 80-0.

Senate Bill 478, by state Rep. Lewis Moore and Sen. Bill Brown, will allow the Oklahoma Insurance Department to compact with other states in offering more affordable and better tailored individual health insurance policies across state lines. The plans would still have to be approved by each participating state legislature, but would require all compacted states to offer coverage that minimally matches mandated coverage required in Oklahoma.

Moore, R-Arcadia,  said the bill will allow individuals to keep their current Oklahoma plans if they wish, or they can shop for more affordable plans.

Thirty-two other states offer coverage with more mandates to include more comprehensive coverage for those with autism, Moore said.