Rep. Horn Celebrates Medicaid Expansion Vote in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, July 1, 2020
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – On Tuesday, Oklahomans voted to pass Oklahoma State Question 802, a ballot measure to expand Medicaid in the state. Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) is a strong supporter of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma and has spoken out in the House of Representatives in support of the issue.
Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) releases the following statement:
“This victory means that 200,000 more Oklahomans will now have access to the health care they need,” said Congresswoman Kendra Horn. “Over the last decade, our state’s failure to expand Medicaid has contributed to the closure of eight hospitals and our state has lost out on billions of dollars that should have gone to our health care system. Today Oklahomans overwhelmingly voted to extend health care to working people in our state who for years have fallen through the cracks. Expanding Medicaid means fewer rural hospital closures and a stronger investment in our health care system. We all need health care at some point in our life. Access to quality, affordable health care should be a right, not a privilege, and today’s vote takes us in the right direction.”
By not expanding Medicaid, Oklahoma has lost out on more than one billion dollars a year. Eight hospitals across the state have closed since 2010, in part because Oklahoma did not accept the health care support it is entitled to. Expanding Medicaid in Oklahoma would extend health insurance to 200,000 Oklahomans who do not currently have insurance.
On Monday, Congresswoman Horn voted to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act, legislation which would renew higher federal matching rates for Oklahoma to expand Medicaid, among other provisions.