Oklahoma Medicaid Option Won't Be Ready this Year

Apr 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials say a plan to provide health coverage to 200,000 uninsured Oklahomans without expanding Medicaid likely won't materialize before this year's legislative session ends, and it's unclear how any plan might work.

Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority have been seeking ways to extend health coverage to those Oklahomans since Fallin rejected the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion last November. They're waiting for recommendations from consultants from Utah-based Leavitt Partners, which are expected by late June.

Republican Representative Doug Cox, who chairs the Public Health and Social Services, says an Oklahoma-based plan could still come up next year. He and other officials say Oklahoma's plan could draw off of a recently approved plan in Arkansas to use Medicaid money to buy private insurance for low-income people.