Senator Patrick Anderson, R-Enid
For Immediate Release:
April 15, 2008
Sen. Patrick Anderson
Measures to Be Sent to Conference Committee
The State Senate took steps today that will
send several insurance proposals to conference committee for further
consideration. The move allows for more time to study the cost and
effects of the proposed measures.
These various measures addressed reforming the State Medicaid program,
requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for autism and
requiring insurance companies to cover any procedure deemed to be
Senator Patrick Anderson noted how the Democrat authors of the
measures had no information about the costs of their proposals.
Therefore the measures will be sent to conference committee for
further study in order to determine their actual costs.
Anderson provided all Senators with documentation showing that
insurance costs for State agencies have risen 126% percent over
the past five years. Recognizing the need to consider the real cost
that this proposal would have to State agencies, Senator Patrick
Anderson made the following statement:
“With it being a tight budget year, I believe it is vital
that cost estimates be prepared regarding the true cost that these
proposals will have on State agencies. I am also concerned that
this proposal in its current form may result in a devastating cost
increase to State retires and employees.
We need to research the impact this legislation will have on health
care costs for our State agencies, retirees and our State employees.
Now that the bill is headed to conference, we may continue this
important discussion on these proposals and determine their actual
costs. Republican lawmakers are very cautious about passing any
additional health insurance mandates without first considering the
costs to the State budget as well as the costs to the budgets of
For more information contact:
Senator Anderson's Office: (405) 521-5630