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Medicaid providers see almost 8 percent rate cut

Members of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board voted unanimously Tuesday to cut provider rates by 7.75 percent, which will save the state of Oklahoma an estimated $48 million. But some worry it could impact care for patients.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 1, 2014

The provider rate cuts were one of the budget cuts the agency had to make after learning that they would receive about $50 million less in federal money to administer the state’s Medicaid program. Because Oklahoma’s economy has improved, the federal government will allocate Oklahoma less money for Medicaid.

The rate cuts will not apply to certain services, including emergency transportation, long-term care facilities and private-duty nursing.

However, they will affect more than 20,000 Medicaid providers, including physicians across the state, according to state Health Care Authority provider data.

Former Sen. George Miller, an authority board member, said the board and the authority will closely monitor the impact of the budget cuts and make any changes they can in the future, especially if more money becomes available.

“I will say this for the Legislature,” Miller said. “They used some very unique and innovative ways to restore our appropriation to what it was last year, but last year’s appropriation will not cut it this year because of a massive reduction in federal matching.”

Contributing: Warren Vieth, Oklahoma Watch

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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