May 25 online event will help provide resources to help individuals, organizations connect Oklahomans to health care 

As Oklahoma prepares to expand Medicaid coverage starting July 1, Oklahomans who are newly eligible for health care coverage need to know both that they are eligible to apply and how to apply for coverage.

To fill this information gap, the Oklahoma Policy Institute and the Cover OK Health Care Coalition are co-hosting a May 25 online event to provide information and resources for organizations and individuals to help them connect fellow community members to health care coverage under Medicaid expansion. 

“Connecting to Health Care: The Ins and Outs of Enrolling for Medicaid Expansion” will be held online at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25. The event is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube social media channels for both OK Policy and its Together Oklahoma grassroots advocacy program. Links to the livestreamed event will also be available at

The event panelists will include Steve Goldman, Enrollment Navigator of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, and Cassidy Heit, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives for the Oklahoma Primary Care Association. They will discuss what Medicaid covers and how to apply for coverage. Panelists will also provide an overview of how community organizations can mobilize to help their community members to connect to health care resources and apply for coverage under Medicaid expansion. 

After the approval of State Question 802 in June 2020, Oklahoma will begin providing health care to the Medicaid expansion population starting on July 1. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has said it would open the application process on June 1. Through Medicaid expansion, nearly 200,000 low-income Oklahomans will have access to life-saving health care. Oklahoma’s essential workers will especially benefit from expansion as many of them fall into the health care coverage gap. 

The May 25 event is the latest in OK Policy’s Countdown to Care campaign leading up to the July 1 deadline for Oklahoma to expand Medicaid. In April, OK Policy hosted a webinar about how American Indians can benefit from using Medicaid coverage to fill the gaps left by Indian health care.

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David Hamby has more than 25 years of experience as an award-winning communicator, including overseeing communication programs for Oklahoma higher education institutions and other organizations. Before joining OK Policy, he was director of public relations for Rogers State University where he managed the school’s external communication programs and served as a member of the president’s leadership team. He served in a similar communications role for five years at the University of Tulsa. He also has worked in communications roles at Oklahoma State University and the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce in Arkansas. He joined OK Policy in October 2019.

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