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Health Insurance Marketplace Opens for Oklahomans

1 Oct

Health Insurance Marketplace Opens for Oklahomans

Individuals with health insurance can find financial support with their medical expenses. It is a practical way of preparing for future health services which may not be financially feasible to obtain in a single income household. Many employees who pay for their health insurance can be fully supported by companies when emergency arises.

According to the law, Americans need to have health insurance or otherwise pay a penalty. Health insurance includes government programs as well as company health plans. The good news is that people can now start choosing plans that fits their specific needs.

Oklahomans can finally shop for the health insurance they want with the opening of the insurance marketplace on Tuesday. Five different companies have brought their health care plans to the table, offering an expansive fifty-three policy portfolio of options to choose from. This is a new government program that enables the people to pick out their own health care plan suitable to their condition and their needs.

There will be 4 levels of coverage available.  The Bronze plan will offer the least expensive packages, continuing through various levels of value to the the Platinum plan, which provides  the highest quality options to policy holders.  To choose a health care plan, applicants need to fill a form with their basic information. They can call the Department of Health and Human Services or sign up online.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


Art Show to Benefit New Therapy for Children with Special Needs

25 Sep

Children with special needs require additional assistance to function with ease on a daily basis.  The capacity of these children when it comes to body strength and speech can be very limited. But, certain types of therapy can help strengthen those skills. That is why a unique therapy is being implemented in Oklahoma to further assist kids with special needs like Down Syndrome.

A unique therapy called Hippotherapy is being used by Distinctive Therapy Services Inc. in Edmond to help children with special needs gain more muscle flexibility and improve their speech and body movements. Hippotherapy is a kind of therapy that utilizes horses. While riding atop the horses, the children become more attentive and learn how to utilize their physical strength. In addition, the rhythm of the horses is also helpful in improving their speech abilities. Using the beats, the children are able to follow systems to help them learn how to speak more clearly.

In order to support this kind of therapy for children with special needs, a benefit and art show will be held on September 30. The event is called “For the Love of Horses” and will be held at Visions in the Paseo Art Gallery, located at 2924 Paseo, Oklahoma City.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent




Lighted Stop Signs Added For Safety At Oklahoma City Intersections

21 Aug

Several lighted stop signs will be placed around Oklahoma City to increase safety at certain intersections with an aim at preventing car accidents caused by cars that roll through stop signs. Oklahoma City Traffic Engineer Stuart Chai said four blinking stop signs will be placed at dangerous intersections in the city as well as areas where the city is planning to install new stop signs.

The first lighted stop sign was installed at SE 59 and Cemetery Road. This is a new stop sign location therefore the lighted sign will do well to attract the attention of drivers to the new sign. Drivers who travel the same route regularly may not necessarily be on the lookout for new stop signs, thus the addition of the flashing lights will do well to help these “routine drivers” from getting into accidents. After a stint at the SE 59 and Cemetery Road location, the stop sign was moved to NW 122 and the Broadway Extension.

Chai said that these blinking stop signs are preliminary testing and that if these work out, the city will be allotting more funds to the purchase of more signs to be installed in other dangerous routes in the future. Each lighted stop sign cost about $125 each, about 10 times more than a regular stop sign.

The city decided to install lighted stop signs due to a number of complaints they received from the community of individuals going through the stop signs in certain locations. With these new stop signs, they will be able to see the flashing stop signs with in plenty of time to take notice and stop.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent