Local & Regional
8:44 am
Sun December 9, 2012

Health Board Member Resigns, Cites Medicaid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Board of Health member has resigned — saying he did so because of Governor Mary Fallin's decision not to accept federal funding to expand the state's Medicaid program.

Glenn Davis told the Tulsa World on Friday that it "doesn't make any sense" that Fallin would reject the funding. He says the money would help Oklahomans who have no insurance.

On November 19th Fallin announced her decision to reject the funding authorized under the federal Affordable Care Act. The governor said accepting the money would put the state at risk of spending up to $475 million by 2020.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz reiterated the governor's position that Medicaid expansion is not affordable. Weintz says Fallin appreciates Davis' service — but disagrees with his conclusions about the federal law.