OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Yes On 802 Campaign Manager, Amber England, issued the following statement today upon receiving news that Governor Stitt will place State Question 802 on the June 30th primary election ballot.
“Since we launched our campaign, our goal has been to expand Medicaid to nearly 200,000 Oklahomans. Now, more than ever, hardworking Oklahomans need access to healthcare and the ability to keep our rural hospitals open.
“In recent weeks, we’ve all come to appreciate just how important it is to be able to see a doctor and have healthcare that can’t be taken away. The only way to ensure that nearly 200,000 Oklahomans receive the care they need is to expand Medicaid by voting Yes On 802.
“The stakes could not be higher for our friends, family, and neighbors who work at lower-paying jobs and for rural residents all who need a “yes” vote to keep their hospitals open. It’s why doctors, nurses, and patients all across our state set a record for the most signatures ever collected for a ballot measure in the state’s history, and it is why we’ve been demanding that the governor set an election date for months.
“Now, our moment is here. We have 70 days to get our message out and make sure that Oklahomans have the information needed to make this important decision, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.
“But the governor and our state government still has work to do over the next few days too. Setting an election date isn’t enough. No one should have to choose between their safety and their right to vote, therefore, Governor Stitt, the Oklahoma Legislature and The State Election Board should take immediate action to ensure that Oklahomans can freely and safely exercise their right to vote in June to protect full Medicaid expansion and the care it will deliver to Oklahomans.”
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The Yes On 802 campaign is working to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in 2020. It is supported by a growing coalition of Oklahoma doctors, nurses, patients, business executives, non-profit organizations, healthcare advocates and hospitals.