Through higher insurance premiums and increased costs, Oklahomans are forced to pick up a
tab each year for uninsured Oklahomans who cannot pay their hospital bills.
Accepting federal funds will save our state nearly
every year on inmate health care and mental health treatment costs.
And it will create more than
health care system
Reduce the cost of insurance coverage
Keep our economy competitive
keeps our tax dollarsfor our health care
reduces the costto our communities
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.
Oklahoma痴 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.