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April 3, 2013

Oklahoma consultant studying Arkansas plan

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NORMAN, Okla. —

He pointed out that because the DHS has described the Arkansas plan as “premium assistance,” Oklahoma would have a precedent for an Arkansas-type plan: Insure Oklahoma. Under that program, the state uses both Medicaid money and tobacco-tax funds to help individuals pay premiums.

As of now, the federal government will stop contributing to Insure Oklahoma on Jan. 1, 2014.

Jones said in his meetings with federal officials, they have seemed open to continuing Insure Oklahoma or a program like it.

 “We think, politically, employing some type of a private solution recognized in Insure Oklahoma … is much more likely to be in concert with where the governor and legislative leadership is.”

Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on important public-policy issues facing the state.

 

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