Oklahoma governor seeks Medicaid expansion, plans block grant transition

March 6, 2020, Modern Healthcare, Harris Meyer –  The administration of Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked the CMS for approval to expand Medicaid to low-income adults under the Affordable Care Act as soon as July 1.nStitt told the Oklahoman newspaper Thursday that after submitting the state plan amendment, the state will follow up with the Trump administration to seek waivers to allow the state to impose premiums and work requirements on expansion enrollees under his proposed SoonerCare 2.0 plan. In addition, he said the state will seek CMS approval for waivers to convert the state’s Medicaid program into a capped federal funding model under the Trump administration’s newly announced Healthy Adult Opportunity program. He wants to shift beneficiaries into private Medicaid managed care plans.

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