Oklahoma Healthcare Authority Votes To Privatize SoonerCare

Wednesday, January 27th 2021, 7:58 am
By: News On 6

SoonerCare will be going private following a 6-3 vote by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Tuesday.

Medicaid is the state's second-largest expense behind education, costing around a billion dollars, adding in federal money, it is a $7 billion agency. Now, much of their work will be outsourced to a private company all without a vote from lawmakers.

Oklahoma Representative Marcus McEntire said, "My legitimate prayer is that you and the governor will come to the house that you will work with us or not try to cram those down our throat."

Currently, The state healthcare authority has received seven bids to help manage SoonerCare.

The agency said that it hopes to pick which company will get the job this week, so it can start October first.