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