SoonerCare Member Newsletter • March 2024

SoonerCare Member Memo

March 2024

SoonerSelect Member Resources

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If you are a SoonerCare member transitioning to SoonerSelect, your new coverage will start on April 1. In addition to the checklist above, more resources are available including:

You have 90 days from your first day of SoonerSelect coverage to change your plan if you wish. If you need help switching plans, you can watch the How to Change Your Health Plan video.

If you have any questions, please visit or call the helpline at 800-987-7767.

Looking for Job Opportunities? OESC Can Help.

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The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is a great resource for finding jobs. They're a one-stop shop for all your employment needs and offer:

  • Job Match and Work Search
    Enter in a key word or location to find jobs near you.
  • Job Fairs and Hiring Events Calendar
    Events take place across the state, and they feature employers with job openings.
  • Office Locations Across the State
    There are 27 offices in Oklahoma; all are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. except for state holidays. View the flyer to see services available at each office.
  • FAQs
    What counts as a work search effort? Can unemployment debit cards be expedited? Why is my job seeker account not complete? Get answers to these and many more.

Viewing the Solar Eclipse

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On April 8, a total solar eclipse will be seen across America including Oklahoma. A total eclipse happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks the sun. 

Safety is the number one priority when viewing a solar eclipse. It is NOT safe to look directly at the sun without special eye protection. Instead, use safe solar "eclipse glasses." These are NOT regular sunglasses.

Do NOT look at the sun through a camera lens, telescope, binoculars or other device while wearing eclipse glasses. The rays will burn through the filter and cause serious eye injury.

Learn more about the NASA safety guidelines for viewing a solar eclipse.

The Link Between Smoking and Colorectal Cancer

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time to shine a light on the connection between tobacco use and colorectal cancer. Tobacco products have cancer-causing chemicals that can damage bodies and lead to cancer. Secondhand smoke also carries a risk — not just to smokers but to everyone around them.

No matter how long you have used tobacco, quitting smoking reduces your cancer risk. It also improves your health.

SoonerCare supports you on your journey to quit. We cover counseling with your SoonerCare provider. We also offer all seven FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies.

Take a step toward a healthier life. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by sharing the message. Visit the SoonerQuit, site and let’s fight against tobacco and colorectal cancer.

Have You Received a Member Survey?

OHCA is sending surveys to some SoonerCare members. We are working to make your member experience the best it can be. If you get a survey, use the provided link or phone number to take the survey. The survey is available in English and Spanish and takes just a few minutes to complete.

Diabetes Education and Support

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If you have diabetes, SoonerCare is here to help! You can get free training called diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES). When you start DSMES, you get 10 hours of free training during your first year. After that, you can get two hours each year. Some of the training is one-on-one, and some is in groups.

During the training, you will learn how to better manage your diabetes, get more active and eat better. After DSMES training, most people live healthier. They have less hospital visits and a lower risk of kidney, nerve and eye damage.

To get started, ask your provider to contact a covered DSMES program. It is also a good idea to ask your provider about getting a 90-day supply of your maintenance drugs for diabetes. You might also be eligible for a continuous glucose monitor.

SoonerCare has many tools to help you live better with diabetes. If you want to learn more about DSMES, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a great place to start.

Earn Up to $580

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Are you currently pregnant and on SoonerCare?
You could earn up to $580 by participating in a research study about smoking habits. To be eligible, you must be a SoonerCare member at least 18 years of age and be no more than 25 weeks pregnant. Participants must be willing to stop smoking cannabis and other combustible tobacco products during the study. Participants must be able to speak and understand English.

Once enrolled, SoonerCare members will complete six (6) paid surveys over 6 to 10 months. They will get coaching calls and may receive nicotine replacement therapy. They may also get incentives for completing parts of treatment and for quitting smoking. Contact the Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Enroll in the multiple call program to see if you qualify for the study.

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Requesting a Call Back from SoonerCare?

For SoonerCare to fulfill your request, please make sure spam blocking is turned off on your phone. Sometimes when we return a call, it can show up as spam. Our phone number may also come up as a Colorado or Florida number on your caller ID.

About OHCA

Please call the SoonerCare helpline at 800-987-7767 if you have questions about your coverage or benefits. For updates on new policies, health tips, helpful resources and more, follow OHCA on Facebook and X. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

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