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Oklahoma Supreme Court Shuts Down Governor Stitt’s Plan To Privatize Medicaid

Great news out of Oklahoma today! The Oklahoma Supreme Court shut down Governor Kevin Stitt’s plan to privatize the state’s Medicaid Program, ruling in favor of medical associations that challenged the constitutionality of his plan. The Oklahoma Medical Equipment Providers Association (OMEPA), was one of the medical associations that was opposed to privatizing Oklahoma Medicaid.

In January of 2021, Governor Stitt announced his plan for SoonerSelect, his plan to revamp the state’s Medicaid Program. Physician groups, hospital groups, dental associations, as well as OMEPA, agreed this was not the right direction for Oklahoma Medicaid.

As reported by Oklahoma’s Channel 4 News, “The Supreme Court today agreed that the Managed Care contracts were awarded without legislative input and contrary to the plan approved by the voters through State Question 802,” said Lynn Means, executive director, Oklahoma Dental Association. “Medicaid expansion will provide coverage for more than 200,000 of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens. The managed care plan would’ve jeopardized healthcare for all Oklahomans by driving out providers of general healthcare, as well as dentists and specialists across the state. This lawsuit was one part of a physician-led effort to ward off privatization to insurance companies and keep Oklahomans in charge of healthcare in Oklahoma.”

Larry Dalton, President of OMEPA, Victor Clay of Complete Care Medical, the OMEPA Board, medical and dental associations, and many others from OMEPA worked and contributed to the campaign to shut down the Governor’s Medicaid privatization plan.

Click here to read more from Oklahoma’s Channel 4 news. 

Another win for Oklahoma DMEPOS providers! OMEPA’s perseverance and strength has been demonstrated on many OK issues since OMEPA’s inception only a few years back. OMEPA is a great example of a dynamic and engaging state association. Congrats again, OMEPA!