The Health Plan was formed primarily to offer affordable coverage to Oklahoma Public Employees and their families. This is a focus which we excel at and continue to follow through with.
Formation & Construction
30-years ago in 1992, 15 Oklahoma Counties bravely formed the OPEH&W Health Plan with the intention of it being solely owned, operated and controlled by its participating Employer Groups; and this continues to this day with over 100 participating Employer Groups.
The Health Plan is the most affordable solution for Local Government Employers, their Employees and their Families in Oklahoma. The OPEH&W Health Plan was formed in 1992 by 15 participating employers, 100+ employers currently participating.
Participating employers enter into a Local Government Agreement and a Participation Agreement. There is no contract period, simply a minimum commitment to an initial 12-months participation, after-which any participating employer may leave the Health Plan at any time.
The Health Plan is controlled by a Board of Trustees, comprised by a representative for each participating employer. Additionally, there is an Executive Voting Board of 14 elected county officials and 1 non-county representative. The Board meets a minimum of 4 times a year under the Open Meeting Act at the ACCO building in Oklahoma City. The Board is responsible for setting premium rates and benefits, making financial decisions, entering into contracts with vendors and approving new employers to the Health Plan. Day-to-Day operations of the Health Plan are performed by the Health Plan's Administration Office.