The state's Medicaid system is a signature away from drastic reforms. Issues update
House Bill 2842 passed both the House and the Senate on Thursday and will head to the governor for a final decision. Its reforms include:
Expanding state funding for Medicaid reimbursement for doctors and hospitals.
Creating a database of medical records and a system of online prescribing.
Forming a graduated reimbursement rate plan for nursing homes.
Creating a system to deter abuse and reduce errors in Medicaid billing, payment and eligibility.
Creating personal health care accounts for patients to cover out-of-pocket health care expenses.
Moving certain Medicaid patients into a privately run insurance system subsidized by state funds.
House bill author Rep. Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, said the legislation will reduce state costs, improve health care access for the poorest Oklahomans and make the state healthier overall.
The reforms will be enacted through a pilot program in a few yet-to-be-determined areas of the state to monitor the new system's progress before it is expanded statewide, Steele said.
Details will be worked out with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and a newly formed advisory committee.