Lawmakers are considering a SHOPP fee increase — a hike of the “provider tax” on hospitals from 1% to 4% — to fund a Medicaid expansion plan.
This is a bad idea, not only because it would have a deleterious effect on hospitals and reduce access to care, but because Medicaid expansion is the wrong way to go.
Expanding Medicaid to cover able-bodied, working-age adults crowds out care for those who depend on the program.
Moreover, there are better ways to make care more accessible to Oklahomans, such as removing unnecessary regulations in the market. Repealing or reforming certificate-of-need laws, as Florida has done, would be a great first step toward less expensive and more accessible care.
Now more than ever, we must ensure Oklahoma’s most vulnerable have access to care and that means we must reject Medicaid expansion.
The legislature should also consider measures to allow the growth of innovative services in the market, such as direct primary care and telemedicine.
Tell lawmakers to vote NO on the SHOPP fee increase.