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Oklahoma Health Care Authority to hear 'Obamacare' options in May

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm •  Published: April 12, 2013
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How to cover Oklahoma's uninsured population is the $500,000 question.

In January, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority paid a health care consulting firm that amount to come up with some options for how Oklahoma can provide insurance coverage for its uninsured residents.

And come May, the firm might provide some answers.

Nico Gomez, the chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, said at the authority's board meeting Thursday that Leavitt Partners will likely present some of its findings at the next board meeting on May 9.

“They've been working very quickly to get us some information so we can provide something to the Legislature before they adjourn,” Gomez said.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, created by the Legislature in the early 1990s, is the agency charged with administering Oklahoma's Medicaid program.

In November, Gov. Mary Fallin announced Oklahoma would not expand its Medicaid program or build a state-based health insurance exchange, two key provisions of the federal government's health care law.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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