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The issue of surprise medical billing is a formidable challenge for rural Oklahomans. Imagine thinking you were going to an in-network provider, many times there are no options in rural areas for multiple choices, just to be surprised by a medical bill way higher than you anticipated at the only doctor available for the medical issue — this is a huge burden in rural areas.

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, said the intent of SB 1030 was for officers to have a way to verify the validity of patient IDs in person upon viewing of a patient's 24-digit ID code. He said he believed the current wording was "very confusing" and told the Tulsa World he asked the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety to hold off on establishing any data transfer at least until the next legislative session in February.