Health Care

Expert says ‘sloppy research’ mars one defense of Medicaid expansion

Defenders of Medicaid expansion claim there’s no relation between expansion of that welfare program and the number of disabled individuals put on waiting lists for state services. But a national policy expert says research dismissing that connection has glaring methodological flaws and is a “political talking point in search of data.”

Ray Carter
June 3, 2019
Health Care

Mulready: Bills increase insurance choices

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready says this year’s passage of two bills to increase access to health insurance and give people protection against catastrophic events represent a small step forward in addressing Oklahoma’s health needs.

Ray Carter
May 28, 2019
Health Care

Gov. Stitt reiterates opposition to Medicaid expansion

Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated his opposition to Medicaid expansion on Friday and discussed efforts to come up with an alternative plan to address Oklahoma’s health care needs.

Ray Carter
May 24, 2019
Health Care

Budget plan shows challenges of existing Medicaid program

Even as debate continues over expanding Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include many able-bodied adults, details of this year’s budget agreement show the state continues to struggle to cover the costs of the existing program, which primarily serves those with severe disabilities, pregnant women, and low-income children.

Ray Carter
May 20, 2019
Budget & Tax, Health Care

Lawmakers vow to ‘keep fighting’ for tobacco-fund reform

On April 19, Oklahoma received $69.7 million in tobacco-settlement funds of which $53.3 million went to TSET. 

Ray Carter
May 15, 2019
Health Care

There is no pot of ‘free’ Medicaid money waiting to be spent

Expanding Medicaid will force more people to become dependent on government while potentially increasing federal spending by $3.4 billion. With the annual national deficit projected to grow to $896 billion this will increase the burden already placed on the younger generation.

Curtis Shelton
May 14, 2019
Health Care

Bill to expand insurance coverage quietly becomes law

Senate Bill 943, authored by leadership in both chambers of the Legislature, updates and aligns Oklahoma law with federal regulations regarding the creation of association health plans.

Ray Carter
May 13, 2019