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Statement: SoonerCare waiver request is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn

July 6th, 2018

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 This proposal is deeply flawed and should be withdrawn by the Health Care Authority.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.