Health Care, Good Government

Implementation for new Oklahoma Medicaid reforms underway

The HOPE Act, passed earlier this year, updates and improves the process of auditing Medicaid enrollment to stop potential fraud and waste in Oklahoma’s SoonerCare program. The implementation process of the law is underway but is still incomplete.

Kaitlyn Finley
September 21, 2018
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Money in the bank: TSET continues to grow

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) board of investors has preliminarily certified $64.8 million in fiscal year 2018 investment earnings. This $64.8 million would be the highest earnings ever recorded by TSET. If TSET continues its current growth rate, the endowment fund will reach $2.5 billion by the mid-2020’s.

Curtis Shelton
August 28, 2018
Health Care

Lessons from Alaska: Medicaid expansions fail

Oklahoma did not adopt Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and recently enacted enrollment audits and work requirements for able-bodied recipients. This contrasts with Alaska, which is struggling with backlogs and unpaid bills after expanding Medicaid.

Cody Ray Milner
June 6, 2018
Health Care

Agency scandal worse for lack of sunlight

A 2015 veto by Gov. Mary Fallin left some observers scratching their heads. After all, the bill had passed overwhelmingly: 69 to 19 in the House and 39 to 1 in the Senate. A public opinion poll showed similar bipartisan support for the bill among voters.

Jonathan Small
May 25, 2018
Health Care

SoonerCare enrollment skyrockets

SoonerCare is Oklahoma’s fast-growing Medicaid program. How fast? Since 2000, total annual enrollment in SoonerCare has grown from 416,785 to 1,052,826 enrollees.

Curtis Shelton
May 14, 2018
Health Care

To help needy Oklahomans, implement Medicaid audits

Annually, billions of dollars are lost—and stolen—from taxpayers and the truly needy through spending on ineligible Medicaid recipients. Some of the dollars are lost through outdated systems and auditing practices by the state, others through blatant fraudulent and criminal behavior.

Tom Newell
January 29, 2018
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