Affordable Care Act

6:27 am
Sun February 8, 2015

No Political Will For Medicaid Expansion In Oklahoma

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While some Republican-led states are exploring whether to expand Medicaid to include more low-income residents, Oklahoma's GOP leaders remain steadfastly opposed to the idea.

The head of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority says there is no effort underway to seek a Medicaid expansion or even develop an Oklahoma-specific plan for seeking available funding.

Indiana recently received approval to expand Medicaid through a state-run program, making it the 128th state to do so and the 10th with a Republican in the governor's mansion.

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12:56 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Supreme Court Denies Oklahoma Request To Join Challenge To Health Care Law

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
Credit Oklahoma Attorney General's Office

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Oklahoma's request to join a challenge to the federal health care law.

In a one-sentence order on Monday, the nation's high court denied Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's writ of certiorari.

Pruitt wanted the court to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the Affordable Care Act, arguing it was important to consider state sovereignty implications.

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3:33 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Report Says 44 Thousand Oklahomans Have Enrolled In Health Plans

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A new government report says 44,129 Oklahomans have signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in health plans during the first month of the latest sign-up period under the Affordable Care Act.

The 50-state report released Tuesday is the first in the latest sign-up season under the federal health care law. It shows that more than 4 million people selected plans for the first time or re-enrolled.

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Politics and Government
7:46 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

State Wins Affordable Care Act Grant

Governor Mary Fallin at her 2014 State of the State address.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Obama administration announced Tuesday it had chosen Oklahoma to receive a grant of up to $2 million to develop innovative models for delivering health care.

The award is significant because it represents a rare departure from the state’s general reluctance to participate in programs authorized by the Affordable Care Act, sometimes characterized as Obamacare.

Oklahoma is one of 28 states chosen to receive funding in the second round of the State Innovation Models grant program. The grants total $665 million nationwide.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Economists Optimistic About Oklahoma Growth, Worried About Inaction On Roads, Teacher Pay

Left-to-right: Economists Robert Dauffenbach, Russell Evans, Mickey Hepner, and Dan Rickman during a panel discussion moderated by Oklahoma City advertising executive Rhonda Hooper
Carrie Snodgrass Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

Several economists praised Oklahoma's metro areas as engines of growth, but criticized state leaders for failing to plan for the long term.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:47 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Q&A: Affordable Care Act, Round Two

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On Saturday, the federal government began accepting applications and renewals for individual health plans sold through its online insurance marketplace.

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage will continue until Monday, Feb. 15.

Here are answers to many key questions about buying insurance on the health-care exchange in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Healthcare Policy Expert: Insure Oklahoma A Model, More People Accepting Obamacare

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs during a Nov. 10, 2014 luncheon at the Jim Thorpe Association and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Over the weekend, millions of Americans had the opportunity to sign up for health insurance as the annual enrollment window opened for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

University of Minnesota political scientist Lawrence Jacobs traveled to Oklahoma City last week to speak at an Oklahoma Policy Institute luncheon. He argued state and federal officials would soon shift discussions away from an outright repeal of the healthcare plan.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:36 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Begins Saturday

Oklahoma Watch

Starting this weekend, an estimated 446,000 low-to-middle-income Oklahomans can sign up for government-subsidized health insurance for 2015 through the online marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act.

The 2015 open enrollment period begins Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends Sunday, Feb. 15. Federal officials and ACA advocates are encouraging people to complete their applications by Dec. 15 to avoid ensure their coverage begins on Jan. 1.

A recent national survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., showed that 89 percent of uninsured people were not aware that open enrollment begins this month.

“It’s an unfortunate continuation of a trend that’s been going on for quite a while now,” Kaiser Foundation Senior Fellow Karen Politz said in a briefing with reporters. “People really aren’t that familiar with what’s in the ACA, whether it will help them, and what the rules are.”

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12:58 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Oklahoma Gets $1 Million From Affordable Care Act

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Oklahoma is getting $1 million in federal funds to help health centers in the state establish or expand behavioral health services for 2,696 people.

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Affordable Care Act
4:47 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

District Judge Sides With Oklahoma On Affordable Care Act Challenge

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A federal judge has sided with Oklahoma in its lawsuit challenging some subsidies offered to people buying insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Tuesday's ruling is the latest court decision on regulations in the federal law that allow health insurance tax credits in all 50 states. Earlier this month, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., threw out a decision questioning those subsidies.

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