Oklahoma Governor, GOP leaders open to Medicaid expansion

Stitt opposed the idea on the campaign trail
Oklahoma Governor, GOP leaders open to Medicaid expansion
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Oklahoma’s new governor and Republican leaders in the House and Senate each are expressing a willingness to consider some version of a Medicaid expansion that would extend health insurance to thousands of uninsured Oklahomans.

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt opposed the idea while on the campaign trail but told reporters Wednesday he was open to the concept if the state was given enough flexibility.

Both Stitt and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat said any expansion plan must allow the state to opt out if the federal government reduces its matching funds. House Speaker Charles McCall also said he’s open to the idea of seeking a federal waiver that would allow Oklahoma to develop its own expansion plan.

About one in seven Oklahomans is uninsured.

Stitt and other state political leaders outlined their goals for the upcoming legislative session at a gathering hosted by The Associated Press at the state Capitol.

Stitt is expected to reveal more of his plans Feb. 4 during a State of the State address.