As Signature Collection Kicks Off to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot…
The fight for affordable healthcare in Oklahoma began Wednesday as volunteers grabbed their clipboards and began collecting signatures to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot.
Wednesday’s volunteers expect to have a lot of company over the next three months as they work to collect nearly 178,000 signatures from registered voters. Across the state, Oklahomans have offered to help collect petitions and flooded the campaign in recent weeks with requests to sign.
“This issue really has people excited and ready to go,” said Jared Deck, a day one volunteer who collected signatures in Oklahoma City today. “People want to be part of bringing healthcare to nearly 200,000 of their neighbors, and they want to bring our money home to help Oklahoma for a change. I grew up in Thomas in a rural community, and this is an issue that hits close to home for me.”
The Yes On 802 campaign will capitalize on all of that energy and excitement by hosting a series of events, starting with a Day of Action in seven cities on August 10. Events will be held in Ardmore, Duncan, Enid, McAlester, Miami, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
“We want to train as many people to collect signatures as want to be trained,” said Amber England, the Yes on 802 campaign manager. “This is a fight to put Oklahomans first, and it only makes sense for people in cities and towns all across our state to lead the way.”
Oklahoma has one of the highest uninsured rates in the country and six hospitals in rural areas have closed since 2016.
If approved by voters, Medicaid expansion would help meet the healthcare needs of rural residents and Oklahomans who have lower-paying jobs that don’t come with insurance. The state question would bring more than a billion of our tax dollars back from Washington every year to deliver healthcare for nearly 200,000 Oklahomans, help keep rural hospitals open, and create thousands of jobs.
Initial Day of Action events will begin at 9 a.m. on August 10. Events will be held in additional cities as the campaign continues to move forward. Signature collection will take place daily around the state.
Oklahomans who want to volunteer for the Day of Action or stop by to sign a petition can learn more by visiting the campaign’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/yeson802).
ABOUT YES ON 802: The Yes On 802 campaign is working to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in 2020. It is supported by a growing coalition of Oklahoma doctors, nurses, patients, business executives, non-profit organizations, healthcare advocates and hospitals. Voters from across the state will be part of the signature collection effort over the next 90 days.