Oklahoma is on Life Support
I recently had a conversation with a private practice therapist in Oklahoma City about the state of things here in Oklahoma. She explained that she is moving to California, because the outlook for our state continues to decline. It made me wonder how many other quality people are moving away from Oklahoma as our budget crisis continues to loom.
Oklahoma currently has a budget shortfall of $1.3 billion. Every aspect of any entity that receives state funding is bracing for the cuts that are coming. Recently, the state Medicaid agency has proposed cutting provider rates by 25%. This will negatively affect approximately 800,000 Oklahomans, most of whom are children. It will also negatively impact our elderly citizens who receive care in nursing homes.
The Oklahoma Healthcare Authority has proposed the Medicaid Rebalancing Act of 2020. An increase of the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and a New Insure Oklahoma Plan that would give 175,000 uninsured Oklahoma adults a choice of commercial insurance plans with premiums based on income are the main parts of the plan.
Click here to check out Make OK Better.org. Join the movement to save healthcare in Oklahoma, and learn more about this plan.