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Mon August 23, 2010

Your Health: Insurance fees

Oklahoma City, OK – Oral arguments set in Medicaid fee case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Supreme Court is taking up Insurance Commissioner Kim Holland's lawsuit against a new state Medicaid fee.

The state's highest court is hearing oral arguments in the case on Monday.

The law creates a 1 percent fee on claims paid by private health insurers and companies with self-insured health care plans to support the Medicaid program, which provides health care to low-income and elderly residents.

Supporters say the fee will raise up to $240 million for Medicaid. But Holland's lawsuit says it's unconstitutional because it was passed in May during the last five days of the 2010 legislative session.

Holland also says it failed to receive the required supermajority three-fourths vote of the House and Senate.