Officials are considering expanding Medicaid. But throwing more money at a broken system would only hurt our state through higher costs and make subpar care the new status quo. Our state shouldn’t settle for a substandard system of care that consistently fails to adequately treat patients.
A budget-busting expansion of Medicaid would only create further strain on the system without much of a benefit. Instead of expanding an inefficient program that under-delivers on care and over-delivers on cost, Oklahoma should pursue policies that would lower costs for quality health plans and focus its health care spending directly on combating this unprecedented pandemic.
Medicaid expansion would have real potential to make a difficult problem worse. Over 600 individuals were charged in health care fraud schemes in 2018, representing the largest health care fraud takedown to date. Oklahoma was not exempt when the Oklahoma Heart Hospital (OHH) agreed to pay $2.8 Million to settle U.S. and Oklahoma government claims that the hospital committed Medicaid fraud last year.
Public comments will be open until April 15th, so send an email to Oklahoma Health Care Authority and tell them Medicaid expansion is not the solution. Instead, they should be considering health care innovation for ALL Oklahomans.