More than 150,000 more Oklahomans now qualified for Medicaid

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – State health officials say more than 150,000 Oklahomans have qualified for Medicaid under an expansion of the program approved by voters.

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority reported Monday that 154,316 Oklahomans have qualified for benefits. Of those, nearly 91,000 live in urban areas and about 63,000 in rural Oklahoma. About half are between 19 and 34 years old. OHCA officials say they suspect many more Oklahomans are eligible for benefits but still need to apply.

After a decade of Republican resistance, Oklahoma voters narrowly approved a constitutional amendment last year to expand eligibility for benefits.