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Copyright 2011 -- Collinsville, Oklahoma
Chamber of Commerce
April 7, 2011
Chamber Meeting is May 5th
VP: Jim Dolton
Sec/Tres: Billie Francis
Pres. Elect: Bill Johnston
Christine Wilson (Hometown Insurance Agency)
DonHutinson (Verdigris Valley Electric Coop)
Misty Maxwell (Soiree)
Beth Ann Langston
Pam Polk (City Manager)
Stan Sallee (Mayor)
Due (School Supt.)
John Smaligo (Tulsa Co. Comm.)
Earl Sears (Stare Representative)
Rick Brinkley (State Senator)
Taxes Help Subsidize Health Insurance For Some Small Businesses & Individuals
in part by:
are an active part of the communities we serve because they are the places we
call home. The members we serve live, work and play in the lush rolling hills
of northeastern Oklahoma.
in Collinsville, Oklahoma, VVEC is a distribution electric cooperative. We provide
electric service to residential, commercial and industrial consumers through more
than 32,000 meters and more than 4,500 miles of electric line in portions of Nowata,
Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
the 26 electric cooperatives operating in Oklahoma, VVEC is the third largest
based on the number of meters served by the co-op. Ninety-two employees cover
the Cooperatives more than 3,200-square mile service territory daily maintaining
the electric system and providing consumer-oriented service.
Representatives from "Insure
Oklahoma" presented details on the state programs to members and guests
at the monthly meeting of Collinsville's Chamber of Commerce Thursday.
The employer sponsored
insurance plan provides small employers with premium subsidies to help buy
health insurance for low to moderate income employees. And a separate program
for qualified low income individuals is "self insured" by the program
for health care.
The Oklahoma Health Care
Authority administers the SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) and Insure Oklahoma
programs. Their vision is for Oklahomans to enjoy optimal health status through
having access to quality healthcare regardless of their ability to pay. The
eligible gross income range is as low as $21,780 for a single self employed
family of 1 and up to $65,740 for two employed workers with a family size
of 6. Employees must be between the ages of 19 and 64 and contribute at least
15% of premium costs. Some children and spouses may qualify also. Pre-existing
conditions are covered.
Of the 35,000 original
funded plans, only about 3000 are still available. It is estimated that 500,000
Oklahomans have no health insurance.
Chamber met at American Bank of Oklahoma the April luncheon sponsor.