Some Republican lawmakers have argued the Obama administration is using scare tactics and overstating the potential threat of sequestration.
Because of automatic federal spending cuts, or the sequester, the state Health Department anticipates it will see a 5 percent reduction in the money it receives from the federal government for its 2013 fiscal year.
The White House recently released a document regarding the potential impact of cuts.
For Oklahoma, the White House estimates that about 1,490 children will not receive vaccines; that Oklahoma will lose about $358,000 in money to respond to public health threats, such as infectious disease outbreaks and natural disasters; and that Oklahoma will lose about $298,000 to provide meals for older residents.
I don't think anybody has ever seen anything like this. And nobody really knows what's going to happen, and the scenario changes by the week at the federal level.”
Dr. Ronald Woodson,
state Board of Health vice president