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If Louisiana Expanded Medicaid, Why Can’t Oklahoma?

Oklahoma just dodged an eminent healthcare crisis unlike any other in the entire country. We were looking at potential cuts of up to 25 percent in our Medicaid programs.  Ultimately, shifting in the state budget minimized those cuts, but at what cost? No Medicaid Expansion For Oklahoma One of the possible solutions to Oklahoma’s healthcare crisis was an expansion of Medicaid. Such an expansion would have led to federal funding for 95 percent of Soonercare—Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. However, state lawmakers chose to shift funding in the budget and minimize cuts to Soonercare to around 3 percent, but other state programs still bear the brunt of the shifts. Oklahoma’s disability services and higher education programs have seen their budgets slashed, something many experts say wouldn’t have been necessary if politicians had proceeded with plans to expand Medicaid. Next year, Oklahoma’s lawmakers will once again be behind the eight ball as they…
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Is The Governor of Oklahoma Ignoring People With Disabilities?

Just a few weeks ago, Oklahoma was in a grim situation. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority was looking at the possibility of 25 percent cuts to the Medicaid provider rate, which would have caused hospitals and nursing homes all over the state to close. Then lawmakers put together a budget to prevent these deep cuts, but does the new budget solve an increasing budget problem, or does it just force us to face an even bigger problem down the road? Who Will Be Affected By Service Cuts? For an Oklahoma City mother and her 4-year-old son, the possibility that this new budget may cause future cuts to vital services is a life and death problem. The boy has Down’s Syndrome as well as a congenital heart defect, and to make matters even harder for this family, the boy has already had to battle cancer. Because of the major medical problems…
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Medicaid Expansion Avoided, But Will People With Disabilities Still Pay The Price?

It was a narrow vote—52 to 45—but the Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a budget and is sending it to Gov. Mary Fallin. The new budget is expected to end the crisis over healthcare in our state, but can we be content with what this budget proposes? Medicaid Expansion Avoided, But Will People With Disabilities Still Pay The Price? Last week, we talked about how the bill to raise taxes on cigarettes was rejected, and a proposed expansion to Medicaid was once again put on the backburner. That meant that Oklahoma was looking at a potential 25 percent cut in SoonerCare provider compensation rates. Such a drastic cut would have force doctors, nursing homes, and hospitals all around the state to shut their doors. However, the new budget just passed by the Oklahoma House seeks to avoid those cuts. Will The New Budget Prevent Medicaid Cuts? The new $6.8…
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