Statement: SoonerCare waiver request is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn

For Immediate Release

Oklahoma Policy Institute released the following statement on Oklahoma’s federal waiver request to deny SoonerCare coverage for parents and caretakers who don’t report working enough hours every week:

The state’s new proposal to cut off Oklahoma parents who don’t report working enough hours every week is unworkable and should be rejected. The waiver request underestimates or leaves out the costs of growing superfluous bureaucracy at the Health Care Authority, doesn’t account for the effects of coverage loss on children and families, and doesn’t consider the statewide burdens of a spike in the uninsured rate and more parents unable to get the health care they need. This proposal is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn by the Health Care Authority.

More about the waiver request here.


Gene Perry joined OK Policy in January 2011. 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. Gene also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Sustainability Network, is a trustee of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, and has chaired the communications advisory committee for the State Priorities Partnership, a nationwide network of state fiscal policy think tanks. He lives in Tulsa with his wife Kara Joy McKee, who is a Tulsa City Councilor.

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