In 2011, the Oklahoma legislature approved major amendments to the Reading Sufficiency Act, a law originally enacted in 1997 to improve Oklahoma children’s reading skills. As of this year, the law requires third-grade students who score “unsatisfactory” on a state standardized reading test known as the OCCT to be retained in third grade, unless they meet limited criteria for an exemption.
Tyler LaReau is an independent insurance agent in Norman. He’s a fan of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — he likes what it does for people. “I put my political beliefs aside,” he said. “I don’t care. It’s the law of the land, and let’s see how many people we can help.”
I asked Tyler what he thought the biggest obstacle was to enrollment. He didn’t hesitate: “Education. We’re fighting an uphill battle… We don’t have many people that, once we explain it to them, don’t think this is a good thing.”
We’ve been fighting an uphill battle, if you will, trying to make people aware that this offered some real opportunities for them.
- Judy Grant, deputy director of the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, on the push to enroll Oklahomans in health insurance offered under the Affordable Care Act prior to the March 31 deadline (Source: http://bit.ly/1ng1YdE).