What's at stake
Too many Oklahomans work at jobs that don’t offer health insurance, forcing hundreds of thousands of our neighbors and family members to choose between life-saving care and putting food on the table.
That’s why Oklahomans voted to expanding Medicaid for nearly 200,000 of our neighbors, making our families healthier and our economy stronger. Medicaid expansion will deliver healthcare to those who need it, including many parents, seniors, and hardworking folks who earn less than $17,000 a year. And it will bring more than a billion of our tax dollars home from Washington, D.C. every year to create jobs, boost our economy, and keep our rural hospitals open. That’s money that 37 other states that have expanded Medicaid get, but Oklahoma has lost out on for years.
It’s why Oklahomans voted Yes on 802 and why the issue garnered the most ballot signatures for any constitutional amendment in our state’s history. Now, it’s up to all of us to make sure that the will of the people is respected and implemented.
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Who will Medicaid expansion help?
Oklahoma voters approved Medicaid expansion to help Oklahomans struggling to get by — like individuals making less than $17,000 a year or a family of three making less than $29,000.
People who will be covered by Medicaid expansion include parents who work hard at jobs that don’t offer insurance, seniors nearing retirement who have lost their healthcare, and Oklahomans who are trapped in the coverage gap –meaning they make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford care on the insurance exchange.
Medicaid expansion will provide a lifeline for Oklahoma families who are slipping through the cracks in our healthcare system and it halts the agonizing choice that too many families face when deciding if they can afford critical medical care — like heart medicine or cancer treatments.
How will it help our economy?
Expanding Medicaid will bring more than a billion of our dollars back to Oklahoma every year — something needed now more than ever. Instead of paying for healthcare in states like New York and California, Oklahomans voted to bring our tax dollars home to help our communities instead — to boost our economy and keep our rural hospitals open, and create and save good paying jobs right here in our state. Now it’s up to us to the legislature and governor to fully implement the will of the voters.