Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: September 6, 2013
Sen. Jabar Shumate
Legislators praise extension of Insure Oklahoma
Sen. Jabar Shumate and Rep. Kevin Matthews, Vice Chairman
of the Legislative Black Caucus, issued the following statements
concerning Friday’s announcement that Insure Oklahoma has
received a one-year extension from the federal government.
“The extension of the Insure Oklahoma program is great news
for our state. I’m thankful for the leadership and dedication
of the Obama administration, Gov. Fallin and the Oklahoma Healthcare
Authority in doing what’s right for Oklahoma’s businesses
and low-income working families who wouldn’t be able to afford
health insurance without this kind of program. Everyone deserves
to have basic healthcare. We must all work together to make sure
our citizens are healthy, and that starts by ensuring they have
access to affordable healthcare.
We want to urge our Governor, legislative leaders and the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services to also work to find a way
to assist those low-income Oklahomans who don’t qualify for
Insure Oklahoma or other existing health insurance assistance programs.
We can’t let any of our citizens fall through the cracks –
their health is too important.”
Rep. Kevin Matthews, D-Tulsa
“I’m so pleased by today’s agreement allowing
Insure Oklahoma to continue for another year. This is going to make
such a difference in the health of so many citizens, including those
in the African American community and others throughout our district
and the entire state of Oklahoma. This agreement shows that Gov.
Fallin, the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority and the President’s
administration put aside partisan politics to protect the health
of our citizens. I’m hopeful that in the coming months our
leaders are able to continue working together to find solutions
to our country’s healthcare crisis.”
For more information, contact:
Sen. Shumate: (405) 521-5598