Communications

New Year, New You! How OID and Health Plans Could Help

By Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready 

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If your goal is to get in shape or quit smoking, you might be able to get some help from your health plan and the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID).

OID is partnering with healthcare organizations across the state to raise awareness on the benefits of quitting smoking and the free resources available to those who want to quit. Join us for Quit Week in Oklahoma, January 15 – January 22, to encourage and remind people that it is OK to Quit and it is OK to ask for help. Check out our OK to Quit campaign for more information.

Here are three New Year’s resolutions your health plan could help with:

  1.  To lose weight According to a report from the Trust for America’s Health, Oklahoma has one of the nation’s highest obesity rates. The report also showed that Oklahomans ranked the lowest out of people that eat their recommended amounts of fruits and veggies. Most health plans offer a free or discounted weight loss or wellness program. Check your health plan’s website to see what’s available.
  2.  To quit smoking Oklahoma is 36th in the United States for smoking. More than 580,000 Oklahoma adults smoke. Most plans offer free tobacco cessation programs or discounts on products that help you quit. Talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about smoking cessation treatment options. You can also join our OK to Quit.
    Bonus: some health plans will lower your rates if you quit.
  3.  To exercise regularly Check to see if your health plan offers discounts on gym memberships or fitness equipment. Most health plans have free apps that help you track your workouts, count your steps, or manage your eating habits. If you track a habit, you’re a lot more likely to change it. Do you have a wearable fitness tracker? It can help you save on health insurance. Contact your agent to see if you are qualified.

For more insurance information, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit our website at www.oid.ok.gov.

About the Oklahoma Insurance Department 

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state. 

For more information, contact:

Liz Heigle 405-522-0683 Liz.Heigle@oid.ok.gov