Oklahoma Supreme Court Gives Medicaid Expansion State Question Green Light to Move Forward

Release Date:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
For More Information:
Amber England, press@yeson802.org

Court’s decision clears the way for Oklahomans to begin collecting signatures later this summer to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by Medicaid expansion opponents to block voters from having a say on healthcare in the next election. The ruling came just hours after oral arguments concluded today.

“Our mantra has been that Oklahoma voters should get the chance to decide what’s best when it comes to our healthcare, and today, the Oklahoma Supreme court agreed with us,” said Amber England, a spokesperson for Oklahomans Decide Healthcare.

The decision provides a boost to the coalition of Oklahoma doctors, nurses, patients, business executives, non-profit organizations, healthcare advocates and hospitals, which officially announced the launch of Oklahomans Decide Healthcare last week.

“It’s been an incredible week,” Patti Davis, President of the Oklahoma Hospital Association said. “We are pleased by such a swift decision from the Supreme Court, and we are going to utilize every bit of this momentum to help deliver affordable healthcare to nearly 200,000 Oklahomans and to help save our rural hospitals.”

If approved by voters, State Question 802 would bring more than a billion dollars back to Oklahoma every year from Washington, D.C., to expand Medicaid, save our rural hospitals, create thousands of jobs, and boost the state’s economy.

Under expansion, Medicaid is available to those making less than 133% of the federal poverty level, which is about $17,000 a year for an individual or $28,000 for a family of three. Thirty-six states have already expanded Medicaid, and billions of tax dollars are already going to those states. Last year, voters in Utah, Nebraska, and Idaho all approved Medicaid expansion.

Oklahomans can get involved and learn more at https://yeson802.org.