Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said Monday that the Oklahoma Department of Health will not participate in a state-based health exchange or to expand Medicaid – key parts of the new federal health care law designed to increase coverage for the elderly and poor.
In a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Fallin said she believes there are “market-based solutions that can be found to facilitate greater access” to health care.
Estimates are that an additional 693,000 state residents would be eligible for Medicaid coverage if Oklahoma were to participate in the key provision of the health care law.
Beginning in 2014, the law is set to expand the Medicaid program to cover people under age 65, including people with disabilities, with income of about $15,000 for a single individual. The expansion also aids low-income adults who have disabilities but don’t meet Social Security disability requirements. The expansion also helps those whose income is above their state’s current eligibility levels. Click here to read more from our partners at TheCityWire.com.