OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmakers got their first look Tuesday at how the state might pay for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Medicaid expansion plan.
Legislation was filed late in the day to cover the costs of expanding Medicaid by increasing a hospital fee charged on net patient revenues to bring in an additional $75 million annually.
GOP leadership in Oklahoma’s House and Senate scheduled the bills to be voted on in committee Wednesday, but the votes were delayed following opposition from Oklahoma hospitals.
Increasing the Supplemental Hospital Offset Payment Program, which helps fund the state’s current Medicaid program, is part of Stitt’s plan to expand Medicaid to adults between ages 18 and 65 whose income does not exceed 138% of the federal poverty level.