Managed Care for Oklahoma’s Medicaid Program

Oklahoma voters approved Medicaid expansion via SQ 802 in June 2020. Expansion will extend health coverage to 200,000 low-income working-age parents and other adults. It will particularly benefit Oklahomans of color, which is a good first step towards improving equitable health outcomes in our state. Expansion should also provide a financial return to the state both through the injection of new federal tax dollars and the economic impact from job creation, new tax revenue, and increased economic impact. 

However, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority — at the request of Gov. Stitt — has approved moving SoonerCare (Oklahoma’s Medicaid program) to a privatized managed care model. In early 2021, OHCA authorized $2 billion in managed care contracts to four companies.

Advocates and health care providers have expressed that the move to managed care will hurt health care delivery while increasing the program’s costs. 

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Oklahoma Policy Insititute (OK Policy) advances equitable and fiscally responsible policies that expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through non-partisan research, analysis, and advocacy.

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