Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2010
Sen. Jim Wilson
House Next Stop for Bill Protecting Domestic Violence Victims
from Insurance Discrimination
The State Senate unanimously approved legislation
Wednesday to protect victims of domestic violence from being denied
insurance coverage. Senate Bill 1251, by Sen. Jim
Wilson, would prohibit health insurance companies from classifying
domestic violence as a pre-existing condition.
“Oklahoma is one of only eight states that allows insurance
companies to deny claims based on the pre-existing condition of
domestic violence,” said Wilson, D-Tahlequah. “These
women have already suffered enough at the hands of their abusers,
they shouldn’t be victimized by the insurance industry as
well. It broke my heart when I found out this was taking place,
and I hope my bill gets through the House and to the Governor’s
desk quickly so we can start helping these women instead of further
Under SB 1251, no health benefit plan would be able to deny coverage
or exclude any person from any health benefit plan on the basis
of an individual’s status as a victim of domestic abuse.
“Insurance should help people, not cause them further pain.
We have a major problem in our state when a woman with breast cancer
can be denied coverage because at some point in her life she was
the victim of domestic violence,” said Wilson. “It makes
no sense. Women are being punished because they are the victims
If approved, any insurance plan issued or renewed on or after
November 1, 2010, would be prohibited from considering domestic
abuse as a preexisting condition.
For more information
Sen. Wilson: 405-521-5574