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Medicaid expansion will facilitate easier access to care for justice-involved Oklahomans

Our state, county governments, and community-based organizations can leverage this new coverage option to divert more individuals from the justice system and streamline access to health care as people return to their communities. These efforts will likely generate cost savings, reduce recidivism, and increase quality of life for impacted Oklahomans.  [More...]

Fifty-six years of Medicaid: Fiscally responsible and morally mandated

Per capita Medicaid costs have grown at slower rates than both Medicare and private insurance, and the program has become more efficient as the cost per enrollee has declined in recent years. This investment pays off, as healthier Oklahomans are better able to work, parent, and pay taxes. [More...]

The 2021 session proved a mixed bag for health issues

With Medicaid expansion finally funded, the state now has a number of common sense options to maximize federal Medicaid spending and further ensure access to high-quality, affordable health care for all.  [More...]

FY 2022 Budget Highlights

The FY 2022 budget reverses service cuts but remains at among lowest level in decades. The budget reflects a dramatic, if short-term, turnaround from last year. [More...]

Managed care isn’t a silver bullet: Improving Oklahoma’s health outcomes requires multi-faceted investments

We must look at the factors that actually impact health and increase our investment in the mental, physical, and economic well-being of all Oklahomans.  [More...]

A welcome budget turnaround, but not a long-term recovery plan: A first look at Oklahoma’s new state budget

The $8.3 billion budget represents a modest increase from last year’s pandemic low. However, rather than trying to change Oklahoma’s overall trajectory through smart spending choices, lawmakers enacted tax cuts that will largely benefit out-of-state corporations, high-income households, and special interests. [More...]

Are Medicaid patients overusing the ER?

Legislators concerned about rising health care costs should worry less about the health care practices of individual SoonerCare members and more about how we can most effectively provide health care for all Oklahomans through the SoonerCare program. [More...]

Privatized Managed Care: The Facts 

Privatized managed care is not supported by peer-reviewed evidence: it hasn’t been definitively linked to budget savings or improved health outcomes. In fact, it will likely cost the state money and harm many Oklahoma communities. Lawmakers have the option and the responsibility to protect Oklahomans’ health care and stop this reckless change.  [More...]

Oklahomans demanded Medicaid expansion. We must do it quickly and get it right.

In order to realize these enormous benefits, the state must ensure that Medicaid expansion is implemented well and that all eligible Oklahomans can enroll in the health program. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) has taken some steps to make this a reality. Now, the agency must commit to developing and implementing a comprehensive outreach and enrollment assistance plan. [More...]

A SoonerCare success story

As Oklahoma moves to implement Medicaid expansion in July 2021, some 200,000 newly eligible Oklahomans will gain access to affordable health care, and the state will see significant economic returns. [More...]