There are two things we know about Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma: legislators and the governor have had nearly a decade to take action and expand care, and the majority of Oklahomans support putting a full Medicaid expansion bill to a vote of the people.
Despite overwhelming support for expanded Medicaid coverage, Governor Stitt, is trying to enact a restrictive care plan that would leave thousands of eligible Oklahomans without coverage.
Governor Stitt recently proposed a restrictive plan to expand Medicaid access, SoonerCare 2.0. But, like the current iteration of SoonerCare, this plan would leave members of our community without the coverage that they need to keep their families safe and healthy. Now more than ever, we are seeing the need for expanded care to help keep our communities safe during a public health crisis.
In Governor Stitt’s SoonerCare 2.0, work requirements, copayments, and premiums fundamentally undermine the purpose of Medicaid: to act as a backstop for those in our community who access to health care the most. This gap could endanger our friends and neighbors, leaving many without the life-saving care that they need.
We still have time to make sure our voices are heard. Oklahomans can express their opinions about Gov. Stitt’s proposal through April 15th. Now more than ever, access to care is critical to keep the people in our state healthy and safe. We’re calling on all Oklahomans to submit a comment opposing SoonerCare 2.0, and to voice the need for comprehensive Medicaid expansion.
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