Oklahomans can now use their smartphones to pay for their health insurance premiums and deductibles, the state’s Health Department announced Thursday.
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Morgan confirmed the changes, which take effect in March, but did not provide an exact time frame for enrollment.
The state will also require residents to use their phones to purchase insurance on the state exchange.
The change will allow Oklahoms to pay in-person premiums, which will go into the state insurer’s health care budget, and deduct all premiums and out-of-pocket costs in a single payment, said Commissioner John Coughlin.
More than 60,000 Oklahoman have signed up for insurance plans on the exchange, which has been operating under a state of emergency for three months.
The Oklahoma State Employee Health Insurance Plan is the largest employer-sponsored health insurance program in the state, according to the Insurance Information Institute.
The insurance plan covers about 16,000 employees and retirees, with the average premium paid at $17,200.
The Oklahoma Insurance Department is accepting applications for health insurance on its website for Oklahomas age 16 and older.
Oklahomaans can register on the website at the state insurance office, which is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This article was updated at 4:30 p.