Republican legislators favor Insure Oklahoma program over Medicaid expansion because individual recipients pay modest co-pays, with the rest of the premiums covered by employer payments in some cases, along with state and federal matching funds.
The state's portion of the funding comes from a tobacco tax approved by voters and is used to draw down matching federal Medicaid dollars.
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