President Pro Tempore
Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus
State Capitol Room 422
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: December 20, 2017
Sen. Mike Schulz
Oklahoma Senate approves funding to prevent health care provider
Additional funding also OK’d for DHS
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved $17.7 million
in funding for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to prevent
provider rate cuts. The Senate also approved $26.5 million in additional
funding for the Department of Human Services (DHS) to make up a
portion of the agency’s funding struck down by the courts.
“Provider rates were in jeopardy of being cut after the budget
agreement reached during the first special session was vetoed. Protecting
provider rates is essential to ensuring Oklahomans, especially rural
Oklahomans, have access to their doctors and other health care providers.
The Senate’s vote today protects an essential part of our
state’s health care system,” said President Pro Tempore
Mike Schulz, R-Altus.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court earlier this year struck down a smoking
cessation fee resulting in $215 million in lost funding for three
health care agencies: DHS, OHCA, and the Oklahoma Department of
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS). The funding
approved by the Senate on Wednesday ensures OHCS and DHS have enough
funding through April. ODMHSAS already has enough funding to make
it through the end of April.
Schulz said the Oklahoma Senate will continue working on long-term
solutions to fund these three health care agencies through the end
of the fiscal year.
For more information, contact:
Sen. Schulz: (405) 521-5780