Senator Patrick Anderson, R-Enid
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2008
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Care Measures Could Be Catastrophic For State Budget
On Thursday, Senator Patrick Anderson, R-Enid,
provided Senators with cost estimates he received from OSEEGIB (Oklahoma
State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board) for an autism
insurance mandate proposal and a proposal that has been referred
to as the “Patients Bill of Rights.”
These estimates prepared by OSEEGIB, which manages the State’s
health insurance plan which covers State employees and retirees,
shows that the bills could have a “catastrophic” impact
on the state budget.
The information distributed shows that a proposal to require insurance
coverage for autism would cost the State insurance program $6 million.
In regards to a proposed insurance mandate requiring coverage for
any medically approved treatment, the actuary for OSEEGIB stated
it could have a ‘catastrophic’ cost to the state insurance
program, and affordability to participants could be jeopardized.
(See attached documents.)
Anderson added he was concerned how the cost would impact state
budgets and, “The cost to the private sector would likely
be considerably greater.”
The OSEEGIB actuary information on these proposals had been previously
prepared and provided to the Senate authors of the proposals, but
had not been shared with the other Senate members.
Anderson applauded the efforts by the Legislature this year to
look at health care issues.
“Members of both parties have been working on various aspects
of these important measures and one of the factors we must consider
when looking at these proposed health care mandates is the actual
costs to the State budget and State employees, not to mention the
costs to the private sector.”
Senator Anderson serves as co-chairman of the Appropriations Sub-committee
for Human Services which oversees the state budget for several state
agencies including the Department of Human Services. Anderson previously
voted to help keep these measures alive for further discussion in
the legislative process.
However, after reviewing actuary’s information Anderson said,
“I am concerned that the price of the proposals to the State
budget make them cost prohibitive.”
The insurance mandate proposals were attached to a bill earlier
this week that will be sent to conference committee for further
For more information contact:
Senator Anderson's Office: (405) 521-5630