Senator Jim Wilson
Finance Committee Co-Chairman
Senate District 3
Adair, Cherokee and Sequoyah Counties
For Immediate Release: March
Sen. Jim Wilson
NOTE TO EDITOR: Senator Wilson (D-Tahlequah) is
responding to a press release by Republican Senator James Williamson
over his concerns, albeit a bit tardy, about a measure that is aimed
at requiring insurance companies to pay for medically necessary
Senator Jim Wilson Addresses Unfounded Concerns
about SB 2114 Aimed at Making Health Insurance Policies Work for
“I have to wonder why it took Senator Williamson so long
to bring the concerns he has on Senate Bill 2114 to light.
“I wish Senator Williamson would have brought his concerns
to me personally, or brought them up in debate on the floor last
Thursday rather than through a press release five days after the
bill was brought up for consideration.
“The patients' bill of rights bill he and his Republican
colleagues oppose empowers physicians to determine "medical
necessity" as opposed to health insurance plans, which are
incentivized to make profit by cutting services that doctors say
their patients need.
“Medicare defines "medical necessity" as services
or items reasonable and necessary for the diagnosis or treatment
of disease, illness or injury.
“We'd be delighted to provide a definition of medical necessity
to gain the support of Senator Williamson. And now that I am aware
of Senator Williamson’s concerns, I would be happy to allow
him to offer a provision that would make an exception for abortion
if he truly wants to help us get this bill signed into law.
“Although, I am certain such a provision won’t be necessary
since a measure he authored last year was signed into law by Governor
Brad Henry preventing any Oklahoma health insurance policy from
paying for an abortion.
“But I am certain with his support we have found the 25th
vote needed to pass this bill off the Senate floor.
“The term family values and “pro-life” get thrown
around a lot in this building.
“Standing up for Oklahoma families to make healthcare more
affordable and fix a broken health insurance industry that makes
record breaking profits on the backs of the sickest and most vulnerable
among us is the strongest statement we can make about truly valuing
a culture of life.”
For more information contact:
Senator Wilson's Office: (405) 521-5574