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Kaiser Health News reported on June 24, 2020, that Medicaid expansion advocates in Oklahoma are worried that the COVID-19 pandemic will affect voter turnout for the June 30 ballot initiative. Governor Kevin Stitt remains opposed to the initiative, which would cover an additional 200,000 individuals. Read More
KFOR reported on June 18, 2020, that Oklahoma announced its intent to transition to Medicaid managed care with the release of a request for proposals (RFP) this fall. Kevin Corbett, chief executive of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, said the program would allow the state to coordinate care and contain costs through a capitated, risk-based model. The state’s Medicaid program, which is called SoonerCare, is currently a fee-for-service program with a Primary Care Case Management component and more than 800,000 members. Read More
Oklahoma had 843,605 Medicaid members as of April 2020, a 5.5% increase compared to 2019 after falling 1.2% and 1.0% in 2019 and 2018, respectively.
The Oklahoman reported on May 23, 2020, that Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt vetoed a bill that would have funded his version of Medicaid expansion under the state’s SoonerCare 2.0 proposal. Stitt blamed COVID-19 for the decision, noting the pandemic will greatly increase Medicaid eligibility in the state. The legislature failed to overturn the veto. Oklahoma voters will still get to decide on Medicaid expansion in a ballot measure in November, which would take effect by July 1, 2021, if passed. Read More
Oklahoma had 8,786 Special Needs Plan members as of March 2020.
Modern Healthcare reported on May 15, 2020, that Oklahoma lawmakers gave final approval to two measures aimed at boosting Medicaid funding. The House approved a bill that increases the state’s hospital fee from 2.5 percent to 4 percent to help fund Governor Kevin Stitt’s proposed Soonercare 2.0 Medicaid expansion, which is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2020. The Senate approved a resolution for a public vote on whether to divert some tobacco settlement money to Medicaid. Read More
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority announced on May 15, 2020, that it will suspend premiums for Insure Oklahoma Individual Plan beneficiaries for the months of April, May, and June 2020 in response to COVID-19. Insure Oklahoma is the state’s premium-assistance program for low-income people whose employers offer health insurance. Read More
On May 14, 2020, the Oklahoma Senate confirmed Governor Kevin Stitt’s executive nomination of Kevin Corbett to head the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). Corbett has been leading the roll out of Governor Stitt’s SoonerCare 2.0 plan scheduled for July 1, 2020. Corbett previously served as a senior partner and risk advisory practice leader with Ernst & Young. Read More
The Oklahoman reported on April 27, 2020, that Oklahoma lawmakers are unsure how to pay for a proposed Medicaid expansion plan, given rising cost projections related to the economic impact of COVID-19. Governor Kevin Stitt’s SoonerCare 2.0 Medicaid expansion plan is scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2020, funded by a proposed increase to the state’s hospital fee. Read More