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Is Oklahoma Really Going To Expand Medicaid?

The government of Oklahoma and our governor Mary Fallin rejected the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, a move many analysts saw as political, but now Oklahoma is facing a $1.3 billion budget crisis. Experts believe that expanding Medicaid and accepting federal money may be the only way to solve the budget shortfall, but will political rivalries keep our state’s government from saving Oklahoma’s healthcare system? Is Oklahoma Really Going To Expand Medicaid? The ACA was first enacted to help expand medical coverage to people who had none. The program included an expansion of the Medicaid system, which would offer coverage to people slightly above the federal poverty line, but due to a Supreme Court ruling, the Medicaid expansion was made optional. Since that ruling, 31 states opted into the expansion, but several conservative states, including Oklahoma, chose not to join. However, opting out of the Medicaid expansion has not…
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