Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 1, 2013
Sen. Brian Crain
Legislators oppose Medicaid expansion, but support Oklahoma
plan to continue premium assistance
Crain, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Doug Cox, M.D., R-Grove, responded
Wednesday to a recent press conference calling on the Legislature
to follow the Affordable Care Act.
“A ‘one size fits all plan’ offered by the ACA
is not the right approach for Oklahoma,” Crain said.
“When it comes to health care access, we need to offer premium
assistance like Insure Oklahoma; the health care plan Oklahoma voters
approved in 2004,” Cox said.
Crain and Cox stated that Insure Oklahoma could stop receiving federal
support after December 31, 2013 unless the Oklahoma Health Care
Authority receives a waiver for the use of federal funds. The two
legislators have been exploring a plan similar to one signed into
law April 23 in Arkansas that would allow low-income Oklahomans
to receive premium assistance through Insure Oklahoma.
“We are currently discussing a waiver request for Insure Oklahoma
that would provide federal support for premium assistance to low
income applicants who are working, looking for work, going to school
or caring for a child at home,” Crain said.
Insure Oklahoma is a public private partnership which helps eligible
Oklahomans to purchase private insurance. With Insure Oklahoma,
the employer and the employee join in purchasing health insurance
in the private market rather than a government controlled exchange.
Insure Oklahoma was approved by a vote of the people in 2004. That
same year, the voters passed an increase on tobacco taxes to be
allocated towards improving the health of all Oklahomans.
“We want working people and their families to have access
to health care, and the private market is the best place for it,”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Crain: (405) 521-5620