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Timeline: Oklahoma and the federal health care law

Timeline: Oklahoma and the federal health care law
Published: February 8, 2013


Oklahoma and health care law

• March 23, 2010: President Barack Obama signs the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law.

• Jan. 26, 2011: Oklahoma Healthcare Exchange plan stakeholders meeting.

• Jan. 31, 2011: Insurance Commissioner John Doak's staff discusses a letter that Doak plans to send to Gov. Mary Fallin, urging her to “invest your trust in spearheading the establishment of health insurance exchanges in Oklahoma to the state government's insurance experts at the Oklahoma Insurance Department.”

• February 2011: Oklahoma is awarded a $54.6 million “early innovator” grant to set up a health insurance exchange. The application was written by Gov. Brad Henry's office but approved by Fallin's transition team before it was submitted.

• April 1, 2011: Diane Cohen, a senior attorney at the Goldwater Institute, writes to Barry Goldwater Jr., to “please send our ‘just say no' message to the OK governor.”

• April 4, 2011: Barry Goldwater writes in an email to Katie Altshuler, a policy adviser for Fallin, and notes, “I am hard pressed on how to fight this battle. What would happen if the Governor just gave the money back? I will give you a call tomorrow to talk further on this issue.”

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