Health
6:17 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Federal Medicaid Services Denies OK Waiver Renewal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say an Oklahoma state program that uses Medicaid funding to provide insurance to 30,000 low-income Oklahomans must change in order to keep its funding.  

The Insure Oklahoma program needs a renewed waiver to use Medicaid funding to help some people pay for private insurance. CMS sent a letter Tuesday explaining the denial of that waiver to Oklahoma's Health Care Authority, which runs the Insure Oklahoma program.

Without the waiver, Insure Oklahoma will stop operations at the end of the year. Two Republican legislators are working on a plan to expand and reform the program, a change CMS has hinted could allow the waiver to be renewed.

The governor rejected funding last year to expand Medicaid and calls the CMS decision ``outrageous.''