Oklahoma Turns To Out-Of-State Firm For Medicaid Program Plan

Monday, November 25th 2019, 8:00 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

The State of Oklahoma is turning to an out-of-state consulting firm to come up with a Medicaid program.

This would serve as an alternative to expanding Medicaid in the state.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority finalized a roughly $1.5 million contract with Michigan-based Health Management Associates.

The OHCA finalized the contract last week.

That $1.5 million will go toward developing a plan over the next year.

Governor Kevin Stitt has opposed Medicaid expansion, which is why he decided to turn to a consulting firm to find alternatives.

Last month, medicaid expansion supporters turned in about 313,000 signatures calling for a statewide vote next year.

Since only 178,000 registered voters' signatures were needed, it will be on next year's ballot.