“Not only is it not a Medicaid expansion, it moves 175,000 people off the Medicaid rolls in Oklahoma, and ultimately you have some long-term savings from the plan. I think the policy is really intriguing to our members, it’s just ferreting out how to pay for it.”

– House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview), on the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s proposal to extend health coverage to uninsured Oklahomans (Source). OK Policy’s statement on the plan is here.


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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