HB 1093 would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to subject SoonerCare members to enhanced verification procedures to determine eligibility for benefits.
HB 1093 would require intensive quarterly eligibility verification for most Medicaid members and applications, and require new applicants to complete a a quiz of personal and financial questions to prove their identity. It imposes pointless obligations on both Oklahoma families and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state’s Medicaid program. The legislation doesn’t serve any worthwhile purpose and perpetuates the mistaken notion that public benefit programs like Medicaid are riddled with fraud and abuse. As a result, HB 1093 is contrary to the call of Special Session to deal with the budget shortfall, government inefficiencies, and a teacher pay raise.
Where Things Stand (as of 09/26/17)
A previous version of this legislation (HB 1270) passed the House and the Senate during regular legislative session, but the chambers did not agree on final language. Now HB 1093, which exactly matches the final version of HB 1270, has been introduced during special session. HB 1093 has been scheduled for a hearing in the House Rules committee at 9:30AM, Thursday, September 28.
What You Can Do
- Please contact members of the House Rules committee and ask them to vote No on HB 1093
Rep. Josh Cockroft, Chair email@example.com (405) 557-7349
Rep. Kevin West, Vice Chair Kevin.West@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7343
Rep. Jon Echols firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7354
Rep. Elise Hall email@example.com (405) 557-7403
Rep. Terry O’Donnell firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7379
Rep. Weldon Watson email@example.com (405) 557-7330
Rep. Meloyde Blancett Meloyde.Blancett@okhouse.gov (405) 557-7334
Rep. Steve Kouplen firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7306
Rep. David Perryman email@example.com (405) 557-7401
2. Contact your own legislators and ask them to vote No on HB 1093. You can look up your two legislators here or call the House switchboard at 405-521-2711 and the Senate switchboard at 405-524-0126.
Short message: Lawmakers have been called back into Special Session to fix the budget and provide a teacher pay raise, not to create expensive and unnecessary new barriers to health care. Please vote No on HB 1093.