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      Premium rates for the new Health Care Marketplace are out

      Less than a week, that's how much time people have left to sign up for the Health Care Exchanges. On Wednesday, the US Department of Health and Human Services released a report detailing the cost of insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

      According to the report Oklahoma's costs are less than the national average.
      To view the full report click here.

      In Oklahoma, there are 53 plans for individuals and families to look through. While it's good to have options, many say they have no idea where to start.

      Oklahoma City resident Joyce Smith is one of the hundreds of thousands of uninsured residents
      who will need to shop the health insurance marketplace come October 1st. But she doesn't know what to do.

      "You don't know where to go and who's going to help," said Smith.

      That confusion is mutual. FOX25's Christine VanTimmeren contacted everyone from the State Health Department to the Governor's office and everyone said the same thing. They are not able to talk about the Heath Care Exchange costs because it is a federal program.

      "You need to know where you're going and who to talk to when you get there," said Smith.

      What we did learn is some of the costs for insurance here in Oklahoma. According to the White
      House website, a low cost plan for a 27-year old making $25,000 a year could $84 a month.
      A family of four making $50,000 a year could expect to pay $282 a month for a mid-range plan,
      that's with tax credits. But some health care experts say it could even be less.

      To see state by state marketplace premiums click here.

      Rosalyn Johnson, CEO of Oklahoma Community Health Centers, said, "From some of the data that we've seen so far, a family of four with an income of about $40,000 a year would be paying a premium of about $11 a month after the federal subsidy. So I think that's reasonable."

      Johnson not only looked through the numbers, but her centers are part of the Navigator program. Created to assist applicants with the federal marketplace.

      Nicole Alexander also works at OCHC and said, "Right now we know the basics of everything, and we know enough to tell people what sites to go to and help them with the applications."

      Navigation sites will start to open October 1st. A welcome relief for people like Smith who
      know they'll need the help.

      "Hopefully we've learned enough to get them through the process, the beginning process of it,"said Alexander. "If they have more questions they come back and we'll continue to work with them until they got it."

      Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak released a statement about the report saying, "This is nothing but smoke and mirrors from the Obama administration," said Doak. "Facts are facts. Rates are going up in Oklahoma. The HHS report is extremely misleading. Saying that our rates are less than the national average leads people to believe everyone is going to pay less for health insurance, but that's just not true. Oklahoma's rates are lower than the national
      average because we have a very robust, competitive insurance market in Oklahoma, but rates are still going up. Each individual will have a different situation. It should be understood that
      rates and subsidies are two entirely different things. Rate increases will be moderated due
      to the subsidies which we all end up paying for in the long run. No matter how you try to
      dress it up, this federal law is unfair, unworkable and unaffordable."

      Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma told FOX25 News they plan to hold a community meeting on Tuesday Oct. 1st to help educate Oklahomans on their enrollment options with Blue Cross Blue
      Shield. The event will take place at the Metro Tech Conference Center on 1900 Springlake Dr.
      in Oklahoma City.

      Blue Cross Blue Shield has also created a website with more information. To get to the website
      click here.

      Below is a list of all the participating Federally Qualified Health Centers that will assist
      Oklahomans with the Health Care Exchange.


      Arkansas Verdigris Valley Health Centers, Inc.
      505 South Main
      Porter 74454
      Phone: (918) 483]0111 - Health Clinic
      Phone: (918) 483]0012 - Dental
      Website: http://porterhealthclinic.com

      Caring Hands Healthcare Centers, Inc.
      1558 South Main Street
      McAlester 74501
      Phone: (918) 426]0900

      Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center, Inc.
      527 West 3rd Street
      Konawa 74849
      Phone: (580) 925]3266
      Website:http://konawa.k12.ok.us/community/medical_center/medical_center.html

      Community Health Connection, Inc.
      9912 East 21st Street
      Tulsa 74129
      Phone: (918) 622]0641
      Website: http://www.communityhealthconnection.org

      East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc.
      401 South Washita
      Wetumka 74883
      Phone: (405) 452]5400
      Website: http://www.ecofhc.com

      Fairfax Medical Facilities, Inc.
      Robert Clark Family Health Center
      212 North Main Street
      Fairfax 74637
      Phone: (918) 642]3100
      Website: http://www.fairfaxclinic.com

      Family Health Center of Southern Oklahoma
      610 East 24th Street
      Tishomingo 73460
      Phone: (580) 371]2343
      Website: http://www.fhcso.org/

      Great Salt Plains Health Center
      405 South Ohio
      Cherokee 73728
      Phone: (580) 596]2800
      Website: http://www.gsphealth.org

      Health and Wellness Center, Inc.
      1505 East Main Street, Suite A
      Stigler 74462
      Phone: (918) 967]3368
      Fax: (918) 967]3351
      Website: http://www.thwcinc.com

      Kiamichi Family Medical Center, Inc.
      500 Main Street
      Battiest 74722
      Phone: (580) 241]5294
      Website: http://www.kiamichimed.org

      Lawton Community Health Center
      Great Plains Medical Square
      3811 West Gore Blvd.
      Lawton 73505
      Phone: (580) 248]5242 - Adult Clinic
      Phone: (580) 355]5242 - Pediatric Clinic
      Website: http://www.lawtoncommunityhealthcenter.com/

      Community Health Centers, Inc.
      12716 NE 36th Street
      Spencer 73084
      Phone: (405) 769]3301
      Website: http://www.chciokc.org

      Morton Comprehensive Health Services
      1334 North Lansing Avenue
      Tulsa 74106
      Phone: (918) 587]2171
      Website: http://www.mortonhealth.org

      Northeastern Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc.
      Hulbert Health Center
      124 East Main Street
      Hulbert 74441
      Phone: (918) 772]2879
      Website: http://www.neohealth.org/

      Pushmataha Family Medical Center, Inc.
      109 Stanley Road
      Clayton 74536
      Phone: (918) 569]4143
      Website: http://www.pfmcok.com

      Shortgrass Community Health Center, Inc.
      400 East Sycamore Street
      Hollis 73550
      Phone: (580) 688]2800

      South Central Medical & Resource Center, Inc.
      216 South Main Street
      Lindsay 73052
      Phone: (405) 756]1414
      Website: http://www.okscmrc.org

      Variety Care Family Health
      1025 Straka Terrace
      Oklahoma City 73139
      Phone: (405) 632]6688
      Website: http://varietycare.org/

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