Oklahoma Health Care Authorty delays cut decision
Friday, March 14th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6
(Oklahoma City-AP) -- The Oklahoma Health Care Authority has delayed making $5-million in budget cuts after hearing a last minute plea from Governor Henry.
The authority is considering the cuts because of a statewide revenue shortfall.
The cuts would affect more than 100,000 low-income Oklahomans, including nursing home residents, children and pregnant women.
Rollo Redburn of the Office of State Finance told the board the governor is working on a plan to come up with money to prevent the cuts.
Redburn indicated money may be taken from the state's Rainy Day fund.
The fund currently has about $10-million that can be spent on programs during the current fiscal year.
The health care authority says the money must be available by next Thursday to avoid the cuts.