Oklahomans Vote To Expand Medicaid

Wednesday, July 1st 2020, 5:45 am
By: Shannon Rousseau

TULSA, Okla. -

Oklahoma's election results are in and the vote to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma has passed.

Only one percent separated those who voted for and against State Question 802. The difference turned out to be only around 6,500 votes.

State Question 802 will provide Medicaid coverage for certain low-income adults between the ages of 18 and 65. Their income must fall at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

Supporters said it would provide health insurance to those who can't afford it and make too much to qualify for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Opponents claim it would add too much expense for the state to afford.

Republican leaders in Oklahoma have repeatedly rejected it.

Oklahoma now joins 36 other states who have made the decision to expand Medicaid coverage.