Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: February 21, 2007
Senator Mike Morgan
Committee Approves Senate Democrats Plan to Provide
to Health Care for More Children
The Senate Appropriations Committee gave approval Wednesday to
a key health care component of the Senate Democrats’ “Oklahoma
Rising” agenda. Senate Bill 424 provides access to quality
health care for more of Oklahoma’s uninsured children.
Named the “All Kids Act,” the measure would increase
the number of children eligible to receive Medicaid benefits in
the state by closing the gap between those children presently receiving
Medicaid benefits and those covered under private insurance held
by their parents.
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike
Morgan credited the work of Senator Tom Adelson, D-Tulsa, for
winning passage of the measure. Adelson, Morgan said, continues
to “work tirelessly to reduce the number of uninsured in Oklahoma.”
“By far the largest group among the uninsured in our state
are children who honestly fall though the cracks. Their parents
don’t make enough to afford health insurance but make too
much to be eligible for Medicaid. This legislation will provide
a bridge, giving these children access to quality health care and
allow them to lead healthy, productive lives,” Senate President
Pro Tempore Mike Morgan said.
The “All Kids Act” would increase Medicaid eligibility
for children from 185 percent of the poverty level to 300 percent
– the maximum allowed by the federal government. That will
enable the state’s Medicaid program to provide coverage for
as many as 42,000 additional children.
Currently in Oklahoma, children whose parents make $37,000 or
less a year are eligible for Medicaid. Senate Bill 424 would increase
that income ceiling to $60,000 a year.
State costs to provide the additional coverage are estimated at
$8.5 million, allowing the state to draw down nearly $30 million
in federal matching funds.
For more information contact:
Senator Morgan's Office - (405) 521-5605