Governor Kevin Stitt’s newly created H.E.L.P. Task Force has issued its first recommendations for struggling families and expectant mothers.
Oklahoma’s income threshold for Medicare pregnancy coverage is one of the lowest in the United States. Currently, SoonerCare provides full benefits and 60 days of postpartum coverage to those who fall under the federal poverty level, which is $18,769 a year for an individual or $38,304 for a family of four.
The H.E.L.P. Task Force recommends that the state raises the income threshold to $28,560 for an individual and $58,296 for a family of four.
This means that 2500 addition women would have access to services that would reduce risks for the mother and fetus. In addition to prenatal and postpartum care, the coverage includes prescriptions, genetic testing, physical, occupational, and speech therapies, and preventative care.