Quote of the Day 5/2/2014

“There’s a huge gap because basically you’ve got what I would call working poor — they work, and so they don’t qualify for SoonerCare, but if the state of Oklahoma had expanded the Medicaid program, they would have fallen under those guidelines. Until we are able to cover that population, they’re going to continue to end up in the ER where they’re basically ‘treated and streeted,’ and (they’re) not under a chronic care plan, and a lot of these people have chronic conditions, and it’s going to continue to pull our health indicators down in our state.”

-Robyn Sunday-Allen, the CEO of the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, describing the ‘coverage crater’ for Oklahomans unable to access affordable health insurance while Oklahoma refuses to accept federal funds to expand coverage (source: http://bit.ly/1rL7dz2).


Gene Perry worked for OK Policy from 2011 to 2019. He is a native Oklahoman and a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in history and an M.A. in journalism.

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