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State advised to use 'enhanced federal funding' to ease uninsured numbers

Oklahoma should use "enhanced federal funding," including expanded Medicaid, to ease the number of uninsured people in the state, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority was told Thursday.
BY WAYNE GREENE, Tulsa World Modified: June 27, 2013 at 3:53 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013
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Oklahoma should use "enhanced federal funding," including expanded Medicaid, to ease the number of uninsured people in the state, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority was told Thursday. 

The Medicaid funding would not be used to create a new government insurance program but would underwrite the purchase of private insurance for Oklahomans, similar to a program recently approved for Arkansas, the authority was told.

Leavitt Partners, the consultant group hired to find a state alternative to the federal health care law, told the board that its proposal could provide health care coverage to 275,000 Oklahomans and result in state budget savings of $464 million after the economic impact is figured in.

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