Health Care

Oklahoma Medicaid growth crowds out other priorities

Over the past 20 years, Medicaid’s share of total state spending has grown faster than any other category of state spending. 

Kaitlyn Finley
December 4, 2019
Health Care

Lawmakers learn shady management companies could benefit from Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion has been touted as a way to shore up financially troubled rural hospitals, but at a recent legislative study, lawmakers learned the beneficiaries of Medicaid expansion may include management companies that have run several rural Oklahoma hospitals into the ground.

Ray Carter
November 22, 2019
Health Care

Conflicting responses given on Medicaid agency’s role in teen program

Thrive, an OKC organization that works on teen-pregnancy issues, prominently lists the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) as one of seven partners on its website. A spokesperson for the OHCA, downplayed any ties between the agency and Thrive.

Ray Carter
November 14, 2019
Health Care

Medicaid expansion means more federal control

Expanding Medicaid would greatly increase the federal government’s control over Oklahoma’s state budget. If Oklahoma chose to expand Medicaid it could increase the federal government’s share of the state budget to over 50 percent.

Curtis Shelton
November 5, 2019
Health Care

Transparency touted as solution to surprise medical bills

To combat the problem of “surprise” medical bills, experts encouraged Oklahoma lawmakers to ban “balance billing” Oklahoma consumers and to increase health-care price transparency.

Ray Carter
October 31, 2019
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