Tue June 15, 2010
Healthcare Reform, Medicaid, and Oklahoma
By Rich Fisher
Tulsa, Oklahoma – On this edition of our show, we're discussing how the recently passed federal healthcare reform law will affect Oklahomans. Our guest is John Holahan of the Urban Institute, a D.C.-based think tank specializing in nonpartisan economic and social policy research. (You can learn more about Holahan at urban.org/bio/JohnHolahan.html.) He's the co-author of a newly published study that closely examines the health reform law's potential state-by-state impact on Medicaid enrollment --- as well as how it will affect state-by-state spending for the expansion of coverage for low-income adults. Both nationally and in every single state, this study shows that Medicaid expansions will significantly increase coverage and reduce the number of uninsured. It also shows that the federal government will pay a very high share of new Medicaid costs in all 50 states. You can learn more about this new study, which was funded by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, at healthreform.kff.org.