AG asks Feds to Reconsider Insure Oklahoma's Decision

Jun 26, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to reconsider its decision to eliminate federal funding for the state's Insure Oklahoma program.

Pruitt sent a letter to the agency on Tuesday questioning the legality of HHS' decision not to renew a waiver for the Oklahoma program that provides health insurance subsidies to working Oklahomans.

Federal funding was pulled from the program because most of the recipients would have been covered under an expansion of Medicaid that states were allowed to do under the federal health care law. But Republican lawmakers in Oklahoma rejected that opportunity to expand Medicaid.

Pruitt claims HHS' denial of a waiver for Insure Oklahoma is an attempt by the federal agency to coerce states into expanding Medicaid.

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