Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans are in need of access to quality health care. While some lawmakers believe that expanding our state’s Medicaid program will provide access to that care, doing so would bear serious unintended consequences.
In fact, Medicaid expansion would place at risk the very Oklahomans the program was designed to protect – the truly vulnerable who depend on Medicaid now – in favor of able-bodied adults.
There is a better way.
State lawmakers could significantly expand access to care for more Oklahomans by taking steps to roll back certificate-of-need (CON) laws, expand telemedicine, and improve rural access to Healthcare by granting APRN and CRNAs the full authority to heal.
Our state’s healthcare needs the same reforms that our state budget does.
CON laws limit access to care by forcing health care providers seeking to open new facilities or provide new services, including in rural and underserved areas, to first receive permission from their potential competitors and, ultimately, the government. These laws have a chilling effect on healthy competition, limiting access to care and keeping costs high.
Expanding telemedicine would allow consumers to use technology to access a wide variety of medical services that may otherwise stand out of reach. Similarly, reforming scope of practice laws would allow qualified nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants to provide additional services without the supervision of a physician.
Urge lawmakers to reject Medicaid expansion and instead pursue commonsense reforms to expand access to quality health care!