Oklahoma House passes bill cutting 111,000 from Medicaid

Ponca City Now - March 3, 2016 9:28 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – Facing a $1.3 billion budget hole, the Oklahoma House has passed legislation that would cut 111,000 Oklahomans from Medicaid.

House members on Wednesday passed the bill 65-34 mostly along partisan lines and sent it to the state Senate for action.

The measure would instruct the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to seek a federal waiver allowing the state to exclude from Medicaid all able-bodied adults under 65 with dependents.

Those affected would be adults with annual household income under $9,500 and at least one dependent child. Many would be single parents with preschool-aged children.

Republican Representative Doug Cox authored the bill and says the cuts are necessary to help fill the budget gap. Opponents say the cuts will impact rural hospitals and health care.

 

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