Oklahoma needs a common sense approachto funding health care.

Our state is eligible to receive $8.6 billion over ten years to help
citizens get the health care they need.

Some say we can't afford to take this money,
but the truth is, we can't afford not to.

The numbers speak for themselves

Through higher insurance premiums and increased costs, Oklahomans are forced to pick up a

$500,000,000

tab each year for uninsured Oklahomans who cannot pay their hospital bills.

Accepting federal funds will save our state nearly

$50,000,000

every year on inmate health care and mental health treatment costs.

And it will create more than

15,000

new jobs.

We are encouraging our leaders to do the math and enact a responsible plan for Oklahoma that works to:

Improve our
health care system

Reduce the cost of insurance coverage

Keep our economy competitive

IF OKLAHOMA DOESN'T ACT, OUR TAX DOLLARS WILL BE SENT TO OTHER STATES

Ohio Florida Michigan New York Missouri money money money money money
We MUST develop a common sense plan that:

keeps our tax dollarsfor our health care

reduces the costto our communities

THE CHOICE IS CLEAR

Those with private insurance and hospitals will no longer bear the entire burden of providing health care to the uninsured.

Oklahoma taxpayers will save $482 million over the next 10 years.

Accepting federal dollars will create more than 15,000 new jobs, both in and outside of health care, generating $477 million in state tax revenues and adding $5.9 billion to our state's economy.

Hospitals will receive $364 million per year to provide care for the newly insured, helping to offset the funding cuts forced on hospitals by the Affordable Care Act.

Accepting federal funds will allow Oklahoma employers to avoid the Affordable Care Act penalties for not providing insurance for low income workers.

Wait times in emergency rooms will be reduced because those who are currently uninsured will be able to afford preventative care.

Oklahoma's tax dollars will go to fund health care in other states, helping businesses there reduce their health care costs and making them more competitive.

Hospitals, employers offering insurance and families with private insurance will continue to PAY for the costs of the uninsured at the rate of more than $500 million PER YEAR.

Oklahoma hospitals will lose $2.4 billion in federal payments through 2022, a burden that may force many rural hospitals to close their doors.

The health status of Oklahomans will continue to worsen (currently we rank 46th in the nation).

Employers with more than 50 employees will have to offer health insurance to their low-income, full-time workers or pay a penalty.

Oklahomaç—´ Sooner Care program will continue to struggle with funding as our population ages (68% of all nursing home residents are on this program).

The presence of rural doctors and specialists could decline as many move to other states for better compensation.

The Bottom Line.

Our leaders should develop a plan for Oklahoma that allows the state to accept $8.6 billion in federal dollars on our terms, creating a better health care system that covers more people, creates consumer choice and reduces the cost to employers, employees and Oklahoma taxpayers.